Maybe you stared at a door waiting for it to open, or tried to use The Force to make pancakes like some kind of Star Wars/Matilda crossover... Now, however, you might actually be able to pull one off, as TikTok channel The Mental Level teaches people tricks to slow and even stop their thoughts.
In news that'll make over-thinkers everywhere rejoice, the channel's latest video is surprisingly effective.
The video begins: "Here's a Jedi mind trick to slow down and eventually stop your mind completely any time you want. You'll be amazed at how you feel."
While that sounds a little too good to be true, don't worry because there are no killer bees or weird twists, it's just a fairly effective way to slow your thoughts.
The meditation is inspired by a question from spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and asks listeners to slow their breathing and think about what their next thought might be.
Throughout the meditation, listeners are asked to breathe deeply, acknowledge their next thought, and let it go.
As the video prompts users: "Ask again. Stick with this until you find a rhythm to experience the full effect."
It's very similar to the process of noting, where you label your thoughts and then release them.
And, the surprisingly simple exercise works. Well, for most people in the TikTok comments section, that is.
One user said: "You just set my brain in airplane mode."
While another had a stunning realisation: "Omg I just realized why I be going blank when I’m trying to talk to people… it’s cause I be trying to think of what I’m to say next."
And, honestly, it's making us think that's the reason we don't know what we want to eat when someone asks.
A third chimed in to say: "I – it feels like my brain just stopped and stood there on the verge of a void. what is this sorcery lol, thank you?"
While another added: "As someone who over thinks and constantly has noise going on up there this was extremely calming. I was shocked how silent my head was. Felt nice."
And we have to admit, it was nice to see how calm we got, but a word of caution: don't do it when you're meant to be concentrating on something – like work, or driving.
Featured Image Credit: @thementallevel/TikTok/Alamy
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