Patanjali suggests practising pranayama with a long quiet exhalation and a short pause after exhalation. Simple techniques like this can be of tremendous help in overcoming obstacles.
Another possibility for stilling the mind is to begin examining the concept of purusa. The Upanishads locate the purusa somewhere in the region of the heart, in the depths of which can be found a tiny opening shaped like a lotus bud. If we concentrate our attention on this and look into our purusa, the mind becomes quiet and peaceful.
Listening to your heart,
finding out who you are, is not simple.
It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.
In the silence of ‘not doing’ we begin to know what we feel.
If we listen and hear what is being offered,
then anything in life can be our guide.