Un-Controlling Your Mind

I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff lately about meditation and the art of controlling your mind and thoughts, which got me thinking about doing the exact opposite – allowing my mind to think and wonder and to shoot off on unexpected tangents.

Don’t get me wrong, as someone who has anxiety I’ve practiced the odd bit of guided meditation and have found it somewhat helpful when feeling overwhelmed and fretting badly about things; however, I have found that sometimes letting the monkey mind swing freely through the trees can also have a few benefits.

For example, you know when you wake up in the middle of the night and you struggle to get back to sleep and begin fretting about how much sleep you’ll have to work off the next day? Instead of trying to count sheep or clear the mind completely, I’ve found it best just to let my mind chatter away to itself, whatever it’s thinking and soon I’ve drifted off back to sleep.

When I’m in the shower, or doing something mundane like ironing, I like to get thinking, just let the mind wonder where it wants, whether that’s reliving moments past, considering future happenings or even making up stories. Yes, it can be anxiety provoking when you inevitably start thinking of worst case scenarios but if you keep thinking about it, you’ll soon find that you are thinking about solutions, and what you could do to make the scenario better and how you can look after yourself.

I guess there are a few stages to thinking (similar to stages of grief, I guess)

Initial thought

Thought grows

Catastrophising

Possible solutions

Acceptance

And then there is random thinking that is thrown in from time to time, where you might consider the origins of the phrase “bone-dry”… how can a bone be dry when it’s in the human body that is 70% water?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that thinking can be a good thing. We shouldn’t be trying to control our thoughts and empty our minds of them. We should embrace them and let them run and make connections. It might just lead somewhere unexpected.

We are not robots. We naturally have thoughts that cross our mind and trying to empty out minds and control our thoughts is unnatural. Let your thoughts just be sometimes… you’ll never know where they might take you.

© The Motivation Project 2019

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