Have you ever noticed how your mind is sometimes like a pin-ball machine?
It flies off in different directions, at all sorts of tangents and occasional really random thoughts pop in. Like “I wonder what happened to Emilio Estevez?”
Sometimes of course, they’re not funny at all. The thoughts we have can be crippling. They can slow us down. Or bring us to a complete halt.
The thing is, the mind is designed to think. If you don’t give it something to think about, it will fill the gap.
Here’s a a top tip to help you manage your mind:
Sit in a chair and close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Wait for the first thought to pop in (usually before 10 seconds). As soon as the thought arises, notice it, then label it “thinking”. Try not to get caught up in what the thought means, or where it’s come from. A thought is just a thought, it doesn’t need your time or attention. Allow the thoughts to come in, and then label what’s happening for what it is – “thinking”. Then bring your awareness back to sitting in a chair, with your eyes closed waiting for thoughts. Slowly train your mind by noticing what it does, but without getting hooked into the content.
Copyright Delphi Ellis 2017 – 20