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Here’s the secret to controlling your mind and keeping stress away

In his new book, author Balvinder Kumar says that one can control the mind and make it work efficiently through meditation.

books Updated: Feb 16, 2017 21:22 IST
Balvinder Kumar’s new book is about how to handle stress.
Balvinder Kumar’s new book is about how to handle stress.

Stress in our lives comes in different forms — studies, work, relationships. But it’s possible to find peace by controlling one’s mind, says author Balvinder Kumar in his new book, Awakening The Thinking Mind.

But how does one control one’s mind? ”Our mind is an organ. This book teaches you how to respond to situations and people, making the best use of our mind,” says Kumar.

He says that the inspiration behind the book is his own life. “I went through a bad phase. It was then that art and meditation helped me,” says the author.

He adds, “Most of our health problems stem from stress — blood pressure, diabetes, and a variety of lifestyle disorders.”

Kumar explains that one of the main reasons of stress is that our mind wanders. “When your mind wanders, you think about the past and worry about the future. This affects the task at hand.” He says that meditation can help one focus better. “When you try to focus on breathing, the mind wanders. Redirect your attention to breathing and repeat. With time, it becomes easier to control your mind from straying.”

Author Balvinder Kumar says art and meditation helped him get through a bad phase. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

More focus brings more positivity, he says. “To counter negative thoughts, first acknowledge them. Know what’s troubling you. Second, consciously welcome experiences that build positivity. When you are aware of the present, you can resist the tendency to enjoy negativity and calm your mind,” says Kumar.