Question --- How do you master the mind? Answer --- Meditation.
I would like to say that I meditate every day, but that would be a lie. I'm human, I'm busy, and I live in NYC. However, a few times a week I make a conscious effort to tune in, drop down, and be still. I do this first thing in the morning during the amrit vela. The amrit vela is known as the "ambrosial hour", between 4 and 6AM or 4 and 7PM when the sun hits the earth at a sixty degree angle, and everything is magical.
Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini yoga, says "Wisdom traditions of all types have discovered the special qualities of this early time of the morning, these ambrosial hours, in which we can determine our reality and separate ourselves from fantasies, illusions, and even delusions, the denizens of our subconscious."
I think you can appreciate this hour, for sure you've experienced it. Your mind is quieter, the air isn't buzzing with sound, everything is calm. This is meditation time, my favorite time. At the very least, I take 11 minutes to clear my mind, focus on a mantra, an intention, my breath. I can think of little else that is better at reducing anxiety, ridding negative thoughts, or heightening my intuition than meditation. I am by no means an expert meditator. Very often, I'll wake up and my mind will say 'not today'. That's called resistance. I have tons of work to do in order to deepen my meditation practice. But when I do meditate, I will say that it makes me feel good EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Below are pictures from around the world that I have taken at the time of amrit vela. None of them have been edited. I hope you enjoy them.