Since prehistoric times, sages and seers have determined that meditation and yoga can slow or stop the conscious psychological activity of the mind. This practice of silencing the conditioned mind can lead to a state of self-realization that is not influenced by our sociocultural identity, image or personality.
To attain the insightful state of self-realization, we must first learn how to slow the innate mechanism of the conscious psychological clock. This psychological clock is memory-based and dependent on the continuous flow of information (patterns of thought) in the mind.
One effective technique used to quiet the mind is to constantly observe our thoughts and breathing. This exercise not only serves to focus the conscious mind, but allows us to notice the impact of learned sociocultural influences, such as stigmas and taboos, on our responsive conscious psyche. Gradually, we can learn to reduce the level of anxiety we feel in situations that trigger unpleasant psychological responses. But, moreover, we learn to accept our "shadow" responses and in so doing we begin to feel more comfortable with all aspects of our human psyche.