Day 9. Here we go.
Have you ever listened to yourself think? What I mean by that is — Have you ever sat quietly and simply observed your thoughts? Without judgement? It can be a tricky thing to do considering how active our brains are.
I’d like you to try it now. If you are in a safe place, it’s reasonably calm and quiet, give it a shot.
It does not require a pose or anything specific. It only requires you, your full attention, and willingness. Closing your eyes is beneficial for obvious reasons but, not necessary.
I want you to sit still. Allow yourself to drift. If you have a thought, accept it. Say hello to it. Thank it for showing up but kindly ask it to leave for a little while and invite it back. One extremely important fact to keep in mind: You’re always going to have thoughts coming in. It’s not possible to turn it off. If you’re in the midst of this exercise and you’re focusing on keeping the thoughts at bay — that is a thought. You’re thinking about keeping your thoughts at bay. The point of this exercise is to simply allow the thoughts to come in, observe them, and watch them leave as another set come in.
Envision yourself sitting in those bleachers above your left ear. You are doing nothing except sitting and watching the thoughts. You have no facial expressions. No tone in your voice. No thoughts about whether you’re doing it right or not. Just sit and watch.
I do this often and I’ve realized, after several months of doing this, that we have far more control over our thoughts than we give ourselves credit for. Accept what you see in there, simply look at your thoughts with no emotional value – no positives and no negatives. You’re observing. After 30 seconds or so, ask the current thought to leave so the next thought can come in. Envision a trail. I use the ear to ear. When the thoughts are in my mind and I am up on the left ear bleachers – I see an empty space in the middle of my skull (no jokes about that!) and the thought just hovers there until I tell it to leave. As it leaves, it leaves slowly. Essentially it’s dragging its feet to the other side of your head. As it leaves, you slightly move your head to the other side and observe the next thought as it enters.
Now, why is this effective and what’s the point?
I will go into detail about that in day 10. It’s an interesting exercise if you do it consistently. I will tell you this — Observing your thoughts will relax your entire body. Your muscles will feel loose. It will cure headaches. It will conquer self-doubt. The reason it does those things is the same reason meditation creates complete contentment for people. You will actually see, if your eyes are closed, the basic functions of the universe in your mind as you watch your thoughts. Over time, this is what you’ll see. It’s truly incredible. I will explain in greater depth tomorrow. Until then, stay safe out there. #my500words
The featured image on today’s post, as well as the first image in the text, are courtesy of my friend Emily Tjaden. Her website is called This Incandescent Life.
I highly recommend checking out her work. She’s an excellent writer. Click the link and see for yourself.
As always, thanks for reading.
Much love, my friends.