I’m more and more convinced that the mind is a fantastic thing, but it can also be terrible if you allow it to do whatever it wants. That might sound strange, but I do have examples, so bear with me.
I really believe in that whole concept that went viral in the book called “The Secret.” The only thing I feel it misses is the actual process. It’s awesome to think we can create things with our mind, just by simply focusing on it. And that’s a pretty easy thing to say. But when you really think about it, how many thoughts go through our minds that we don’t even know about. Have you ever just sat and watched your thoughts?
I have, and I can tell you, we don’t even realize all the things our mind comes up with, so even if we think we are focusing on wealth, or that parking space at the front of the store, there are so many thoughts that go through our minds at the same time or pretty damn near close; so that what happens is the thought is muddied by all the other thoughts that penetrate.
For example, my daughter flew back to North Carolina on Wednesday. I was thinking about her getting on the plane and before I knew it I was imagining the plane crashing and then before I knew it I was at the funeral wondering what I would do if certain people showed up. What the hell?
I do the same thing when I’m driving. I’ll imagine what would happen if I lost control of my car and before I know it, I’m watching my car smash into the guard rail and I’m seeing ambulances and police cars and crying people at my funeral.
I think the good news, and the most amazing thing about the mind is that we have the ultimate control. We think many different thoughts in the day, but we don’t have to allow our minds to control what we are thinking. The key is to recognize what is going on and either change the thought or create space around it. It almost immediately disappears.
I think that’s why I love Eckhart Tolle so much. He teaches the Power of Now; this moment right here is the only one that matters. Allowing our thoughts to run ragged all over us is either living in past or future or some time that could possibly happen if this or that thing occurs and before you know it, it’s all over in the magic of a few thoughts that spun completely out of control.
As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that these thoughts are the things that create great stories, though, so how to harness it so it doesn’t tear your life apart? Maybe that’s why writing is such a tough gig. Or maybe I’m just in that writer mode of writing is so hard and woe my writer life.
It’s all a balancing act. Balance and intention and living life with a purpose. Regardless of the negative tone this piece might have taken, I really do think our minds are pretty magical.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “mind.” Use it any way you think to. Have fun!”