(bz digital art using image from AuroraDreams and my own photographs)
Dissolve your whole body into Vision:
become seeing, seeing, seeing!
I often observe myself thinking too much. Oh, the stories, fictions, scenarios, intellectualizations, rationalizations, dramas, histrionics, worries, tragedies, fantasies I can concoct!
Once I notice what I am doing - I am half-way free. Observing, noticing, seeing are key. Then I have a choice, and I take Rumi's suggestion to 'behead myself'. Once the 'beheading' is complete the suffering stops. :-) Yes, many of my most oft-visited stories/worries make me suffer. Stop the story, eliminate the suffering. Simple yes. Easy - not always.
To stop thinking so much - can simply be a decision one makes and monitors. Meditation can also be used to quiet the mind. Focus on the breath, inhaling the beauty around you, using your observer-self to ensure you do not revert to analyzing, judging, or building a story around what you see.
Quieting thoughts that make you suffer is a healthy thing to do. Our bodies react to our thinking. Chemicals and hormones are released by the body in reaction to thoughts. This, of course, prepares us to respond appropriately to thoughts that tell us of imminent danger. e.g. "That car is out of control and headed this way!" Our body/mind cannot tell the difference, however, between a well-imagined thought and a real or immediately relevant one. (Remember the previously used experiment on this blog to prove this point? Imagine a lemon on a cutting board. Imagine cutting it and bringing half up to your mouth for a lick. Is your mouth watering a little? If you imagined well, it is - and there is no lemon - there is only your thinking and your thinking alone has produced the body reaction of salivating!) Worries are well-imagined thoughts and the body reacts to them as if they are an imminent threat, releasing all the appropriate chemicals to facilitate a fight, flight or freeze reaction. Imagine then, the stress that worrying or fretting places on the body.
Rumi's exhortation does not seem quite so extreme now does it? Sometimes we need to metaphorically 'behead' our self. Stop the thinking, judging, fearing, planning, ruminating. Return to our senses - literally. See, hear, touch, taste, sense what is. Release imaginings of what might be or what should be. Behead our self and simply be with what is in this moment.
It has been useful for me to underscore to myself that bodily systems react to worrying as if there is an imminent threat, and then producing stress reactions that invariably abuse and age the body. So I use Rumi's over-the-top suggestion and behead myself. It works! Keep your eye out for a headless wonder!