Do you have a mind that just keeps on churning out thoughts one after another? Do you know that it is possible to step back from these thoughts?
Mindfulness has taught me how to relate to my thoughts. Rather than allowing my thoughts to control my mood and the way I do about my day. I now can see thoughts as just thoughts. They are just random info bytes that the mind generates to keep itself active. I am not my thoughts. I am much more than just my thought stream.
Let me explain how I do this. Firstly, I sit quietly and sink into a feeling of being supported and held by connecting with my body and the support beneath it. Then, I take a deep breath in and release it with a sigh. I follow that with just listening to my breathing. At this point my mind usually kicks in and that’s when the magic happens. Instead of getting annoyed that I’m being distracted by my thoughts, I simply notice that they are there.
What does this mean, I hear you say. I say, “Hello beautiful mind. Thank you for being here and letting me know that you’re trying to keep me safe but it’s ok, I can take it from here.” Then I lean into the experience of just watching the thoughts go by as if it was a film. After a while I begin to sense a freeing away from the grasp of wanting to engage with the thoughts and my mind quietens down and I experience peace. Now on know what you’re going to say, “That won’t work with me. I have a very active mind and tend to overthink everything.”
Believe me, I hear what you’re saying and have been there myself. All I’m saying is, just try it for yourself. It might not happen right away, but with practise it will happen eventually and then you see what it’s like. After all, overthinking does lead to anxiety. The more we tend to our over active minds the less we will worry all the time and cope better with life.
Take care dear one.