Don’t Think. Just Be.

August 1, 2013

So my intention to write more frequently seems to have slipped by the wayside. I realize it’s been over three months since my last post. August is here and summer is well on its way out.

I take full responsibility though; I have prioritized other activities over writing in the past few months. A full time job and mothering a tornado of a toddler seem to have taken up all my time and energy. Yet it is what it is.

Over the last few months I’ve been “thinking” about this topic and have come to the conclusion that thinking is overrated.

I would play a mental game with myself every day on how much my brain would be able to handle each day. The mental notes, and lists just kept growing and it was a miracle some days that I still managed to remember everything I needed to remember. It was an accomplishment to make it out the door without endlessly forgetting keys, access cards, lunchboxes, or even my toddler! With the passing days and the constant rush I was in day by day I would feel my mind become more and more cluttered. As if I physically needed to do some spring cleaning and air out the cobwebs in my mind to make room for new, fresh thinking.

As the saying goes, when the student is ready the teacher appears and so they did. Two eye opening books. I stumbled upon a copy of Michael Neill’s “Inside-Out Revolution” and Jamie Smart’s “Clarity” and a new realization began to emerge.

What if we didn’t “think” about anything? What if we just allowed our innate wisdom to surface and guide us? Too spooky? My inner control freak initially “freaked out” at this prospect because I had to always have a Plan B, I had to think through all the possible scenarios and prepare myself for anything. I had to always think. I thought so much to the point I would stress about hypothetical scenarios that have never materialized. I thought all the time making mental notes, to-do lists even mentally reminding myself to make more mental notes. I thought about the future and what it may or may not bring, and I thought about the past and what I should have or shouldn’t have done. What if I just did nothing? What if I just embraced the present moment and understood the reality of thought and thought about nothing in that moment. Now that’s a change.

I’m starting to embrace this new way and just accepting a different way of looking at things already is a load off of my mind. I feel clearer already. I’m slowing down, being more deliberate in my actions and focusing on the present. It is a daily challenge to remind myself to slow down, that’s just a thought. Don’t think, just be.

As I write this I look at my calendar and can’t help but be excited that there is a week to go before our long-awaited family vacation. Time to just be. To just breathe. To slow my mind down and be able to delve into that creative space within free from all the mental gunk. Time to disconnect.

How do you calm your thoughts down? Is thinking overrated?

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