I love this pic on so many levels. It cracked me up the moment I saw it, and I just knew one day I’d be using it. Past having a bad hair day, it’s how my head so often feels…forced into blowing one direction, no matter how determined I am to go in another. So many thoughts!
Monkey mind can be there chattering in the background, the list of things undone. Rabbit mind darts from this topic to that in a random connect-the-dots mess that sometimes catches me up short: wait…, I started out thinking this, so how’d I get there? If I have a moment, and enough curiosity, I’ll back track, just to see. What’s gained is awareness. What’s lost is time.
Time. Hang with me before getting to more on that.
Of course there’s the Ego aspect, and the mind, itself, calling out judgements all day long, like internal nav (turn right in 500 feet; danger ahead! take alternate route) that we attempt to shut off with meditation…or, at least observe as a train going by without reacting. Add to the party, voices from parents, teachers, mates, loved ones & infuriating ones, chirping away some criticism, pecking at us with negativity, some of which the subconscious has absorbed and replays in our own destructive self-talk.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s the collective consciousness, and that’s even been programmed into hive mind…the collective unconsciousness.
Often, a No, Thank You, does the trick and the unwanted thoughts stop. But, they come back…prompting me to ask repeatedly:
WHO IS THINKING ME?!???!?
Well…for one….(cuz I just have to share this!)
(blatantly accurate and disturbing and hilariously all at the same time)
This is actually an easy answer, with a doable solution. We turn off the boob-tube when we aren’t being intentional with our choice of subject matter. And, knowing there are lots of embedded subliminal messages within images and sound, we declare (because as sovereign beings we can, hehe) that we’re teflon or swiss cheese…nothing sticks; we are impermeable. When we look it straight on and say, No, thank you and No, you may not (bombard me with tricks) we call them out on their game.
I’d learned from meditation training, that when random thoughts arose, we could acknowledge them but remain unattached. Okay…and what what about the rest of the time? Meditation was just a respite from the daily onslaught.
Once, a handful and some years ago, I experienced a spontaneous 3-week vacation from thoughts. It was incredible. My days were so peaceful. I felt ongoing contentment. My heart was open and unimpeded. It was spring sunshine, in glorious vibrancy, without taking me out of the context of my daily life. I did what was needed without thought. I heard what was said without reaction or a blitz of information coming from the mind vault analyzing it, categorizing it, strategizing possible solutions for it. Nothing. Just quiet. Calm. Peace. Happy.
If ever I find the key that opened that door, will definitely share with everyone!
Of all the training and schooling we’ve been through, isn’t it interesting that we haven’t properly figured out how to train our minds? Who does that serve, eh?
The Toltec tradition recognizes the traps we fall into, and have exercises for pulling ourselves out. Just ran across a book on the subject am purchasing for the title alone: How To Potty Train Your Brain, by Diana Adkins – (awesome, isn’t it? mind you, she does use brain and mind interchangably while acknowledging there is a distinction, she finds it easier to be general). Will report back on my take and I invite anyone else who might read it to chime in, too!
Very recently I again reached a point of
And what arrived was paradigm shifting.
Part 2, along with the point on Time, tomorrow :-)
Tell me, what are you thinking?
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