Sutra 1.13

तत्र स्थितौ यत्नोऽभ्यासः॥१३॥

tatra sthhi-thau yatno ‘bhyaasa ha

Of the two, sustained and disciplined practice keeps one in a state of yoga (where the mind is still). Of the two fundamentals, commitment and surrender, committed practice needs to happen first and constantly. We can only surrender our need for approval after we determine what our goal in our life is, and then committing to our goals. If we can constantly be aware of what is going on in the mind, just watching it all the time instead of reacting, we become observers simply watching the objects/thoughts/emotions dancing in our heads. It allows us to step back and stop reacting to every single thought and emotion that comes our way. Our tendency generally speaking, is to go the other way and add to the commotion in the mind by adding constant chatter and technology to our lives, which cause even more disturbance in our composure. 

Try this:
⚫ Take away one source of chatter: could you reduce the number of phone/texts calls daily?
⚫ Add some ways to connect with nature and silence. A walk by yourself daily?
⚫ Find your obsession! What really motivates you? How can you use it to be of service to the Universe?

Chris Johnson