You've felt it, and you know the experience of having a mind that just will not shut off. Jibberish. Yapping. Blah, blah, blah. The incessant meanderings, the demands, the nagging of a mind running wild, it can take us over, like an assault team. Go here, do this, read that, buy the other thing, what did he mean by that?, are you sure?, what if..., I can't, we don't...
And yet, the mind is our ally if only we would make it so. Everyday is a choice to dedicate our thoughts and our energy to something that produces a quality of joy or hope. That's not the easy route. The easy route would have us building walls, setting up barricades in a fruitless attempt to shut out, protect, and disconnect. If you're shaking your head right now, then you don't recognize that judgment, criticism, blame, and gossip, are some of the greatest and strongest walls we can create. That's the easy route.
Having read my posts before, you know already that feeding our thoughts is the most conscious and awake action we can take. What thought fuels us in the moment of challenge? When we're cut off on the highway. When we get the results of some medical tests. When we watch the news. When someone treats us cruelly.
It's all there for all of us to shift inside of ourselves in any one moment. We don't need to go up on a mountain and meditate until 2025. We don't need an ashram to pray, eat or love. All we need is the next moment, the one that triggers us, and then we consciously choose.
And the choice is not about the opposite of how we feel, it is about the twin of our thought. If we observe ignorance, can we shift to see innocence? If we experience the arrogance of someone's certainty, how much farther do we have to think to find wisdom? Same goes for the rampant superficiality in relationships - in the loneliness and isolation of the superficial, do we discover clarity?
In a world of positionality, it works in our favor and to the collective benefit when the roar of our mind produces the twin of our thoughts. In this way, lions become lambs, once again.