A quiet mind is essential for right perception, which again is required for self-realization. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
The mind’s proper use is for cognitive tasks while the task is being accomplished, in its preparation, or evaluation; and all this can be done subconsciously, with full attention on the present instant. The mind’s prattle deserves no credence. To gain full awareness, keep the conscious mind clear.
Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. ~ Sivananda Saraswatī
If the mind idly brings up a thought, dismiss it by focusing on the immediate environment, including one’s own body, such as the breath or heartbeat.
Whatever you may have to do, watch your mind. Whenever a thought or emotion or desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Practice being fully aware of everything within conscious scope when not attentive to some detail. Diligence will reward you with greater awareness.
A steady, persevering, and concentrated effort alone can lead to realization. ~ Indian guru Samarth Ramdas
Never rush. Pay full attention to the task of the moment.
Quieting the conscious mind does not silence the thinking machine. The mind is constantly working subconsciously and will bring to awareness whatever needs attention.
To expect truth to come from thinking signifies that we mistake the need to think with the urge to know. ~ Hannah Arendt
To understand something which puzzles you, simply desire comprehension, then let the subconscious mind do its work. The desired epiphany will arise in due time.
Assign tasks to your mind, including putting timers on reminders. You’ll find your mind’s internal clock is quite good.
With disciplined practice, you may be pleasantly surprised how well the mind serves you. This is how the mind should operate.
For a seeker for reality there is only meditation: the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts. To be free from thoughts is itself meditation. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj