Mainly because the words are misleading: you don't want to control your mind, you want to control and direct your attention. Your mind is not controllable... But your attention is.
Once you get the hang of it... have an experience outside of your mind, life starts to open up.
The trick is not to try to change your thoughts... that would still trap you in the mind.
What works is to take your attention of the mind and put it on something, anything, in the present.
But what is wrong with
- the mind-control teachings, the teachings that say: control your mind? After all they say that if you can control your mind, you can achieve anything...
- And the Law of Attraction teachers/fans say: if you hold the image in your mind, and hold onto it long enough, it will happen...
- And the Positive Thinking people say: if you can turn everything into its opposite, or just avoid saying anything negative, you'll be happy, and blah blah blah...
The problem with these "teachings" is that they don't understand how a human being works. They approach it, alternately from the body machine angle, then the mystical angle, but they never see that it is neither, and it's both.
Human Being is the highest life form we know... at this point of our knowledge.
Let me look at some examples of life forms, so you know what I am talking about.
We'll look at life forms from the point of view of their adaptability to circumstances, from the point of view of their chances of survival.
- a rock (we'll use it as contrast)
- a tree
- a domesticated or tamed animal, like an elephant or a cow
- a domesticated or tamed human (socialized, educated, mind directed)
- a gazelle
- and a human being (someone who does not live in their mind)
We'll look at their behavior in a situation where mobility means survival. A flood... like Katrina, like Hurricane Sandy.
A rock, a tree, a domesticated animal and a domesticated human will perish. They are encumbered. They are not mobile. They are not free to act on emergency: they are tied to a location, and won't move. Their source of nourishment and their source of self is tied to a location: they'd rather die than move. Of course, the tree and the rock can't move, but neither can a domesticated animal or human... they are not much higher a life-form than a rock or a tree.
The gazelle is not tied to anything... it will run until it gets to higher ground, or die trying. And the same is true for a real human being...
The part that makes an animal and a human susceptible to annihilation is that they expect things given to them, and they expect it to continue forever...
The "organ" that tells them that it's what they should do is the mind.
But life is not friendly to beings holding their hands out, because there is someone or something that is supposed to take care of them. Life, actually, is disrupted by these hands-out people, and their "keepers"... and Life will eliminate them when it will have had enough.
We could say that the number one enemy of life is the Mind. The mind that you are a slave to, the mind that is unable to be in the present, or even relate to it, the mind that is a never ending repetition of 1's and zeros... without any rhyme and reason, but more importantly, without giving a hoot whether you live or die.
It is near impossible to teach to get out of the mind, because you are listening to what I am saying through the mind. If you are listening for knowledge or understanding, you are listening from the mind... and the mind may lie to you and say that you can get out of the mind, but it can't and it won't.
You want to listen without focus, without concern, without paying particular mind to what I am saying. You want to take it like you take the water in the shower... allow it to wash over you, so you can get wet.
That, abandoning understanding, is the first step to shake off the tyranny of the mind over life, over your life.