We tend to make things much more difficult than they need to be, and it’s all because of our thinking.
We can complicate anything. We can ruminate about conversations we’ve had; thinking of things we should have said, and guessing at what the other person really meant. We can drive our car and get to our destination, but not even recall exactly how we got there because we were lost in thought along the way. We can even allow our mind to scare us and affect our mood with anxious or depressive thinking.
When was the last time you quit worrying? At what point do you finally resolve to stop complicating your existence with stinking thinking and instead enjoy the day to day experience of being alive? You are having a physical life, but many people miss it because they are lost somewhere in their head.
Try this. For a short period of time, you get to pick the length, let go of your worry and expectations. Instead of occupying your mind with thought, just stay present in this moment. First, take a couple of slow, deep breaths. Feel the air filling your lungs. Relax, and let it out. Let your shoulders drop. Feel the chair you are sitting in and the weight of the clothing on your body. Breathe slowly and deeply again. When thoughts enter your mind (and they will), don’t fight them. Let them come and go like clouds blowing across the sky. Don’t grab on to any particular thought, just stay here, in the now. Gently slow yourself down and center on the reality of this moment. Breathe.
You are so much more than your busy thoughts and inner dialogue. You are a wondrous, unique, irreplaceable expression of life in this world. And, here’s a secret (shhh, don’t tell anyone). Life enjoys having you in it!
What makes you think that the sun doesn’t love shining on your face? Is it really so hard to believe that the wind likes mussing up your hair? And, is it possible that maybe, just maybe, the earth adores the feel your feet?
The meaning of life is to live. If you want to have a meaningful life, do those things that are meaningful to you. It’s that simple, and it’s that profound. You get to decide which direction you go, what you pay attention to and what you disregard. It is all an incredibly beautiful dance. Don’t get so lost in thought that you miss it. Be present!
Bob Payne, Manager