Yesterday I started reading, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I’ll be honest with you, I had a lot of moments of “huh???” It wasn’t all sinking into my overactive noggin. But I did manage to take one major thing from it, here’s a quote:
“Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.”
Whoa. The line “causes serious leakage of vital energy” hit me HARD. I need all the energy I can get, and so do you! To hear that I am expelling more energy than was necessary made me look a little deeper. I absolutely related to the idea my thoughts are often repetitive and harmful.
It’s a long book and I’ve only just scratched the surface but one of the things the writer recommends (so that your mind can get off the hamster wheel), is to be present in what you are doing. You can quiet your mind by shifting your awareness to what is happening right now in the moment.
So I am going to give this a shot this week. When my brain starts to go over and over something, I’m going to attempt to shift the focus back onto whatever is happening in that moment. How does my body feel? Am I so worked up I haven’t been taking full breaths? Am I in the middle of a task that I could instead focus my full attention on. Do I need to have my phone in my eye line or is it merely an unnecessary distraction.
I have no idea how this will go, but I certainly don’t think it will hurt to give my mind a break from negative and repetitive thoughts…so here goes!
Take care of YOU.