You know about the state of the world we are living in, don’t you?
Even if you have mentally gone off TV and stopped subscribing to newspapers, news still comes to you. You haven’t stopped using your mobile phone. You haven’t stopped using Facebook or Twitter. So, you have a fair idea of what’s going on around you close-by or far away.
Such a mix of news and information comes to your mind every hour! You do keep your mind so busy sorting out the information that you would like to remember and think upon and ‘that’ news you would like to ignore and forget.
Your busy, busy mind going on and on and on…
Your mental self-talk and constant flow of thoughts is never ending. But it seems your mind has some kind of unlimited energy. It keeps processing all that information 24×7 you mentally throw at it every minute of every hour.
Tell me, when do you give some rest to your mind? How do you relax in the midst of so much mental activity?
Consider my routine. My morning begins when I wake up to a silent welcome in this world, after having had a very active, but tireless time in my just-lived dream of the past night — most nights.
My unconscious mind was there the whole time with me in my dream analyzing many believable and unbelievable experiences I was going through there. Once I open my eyes, my conscious mind takes over immediately. It remains my partner for the whole day and late night till the point I put my head on the pillow.
For the past one week, I have been firmly telling my mind that I will go to sleep by 11 pm, but my overactive mind simply carries on for two hours more. This results in inadequate sleep for me as I again enter this world for a brief moment at 7 am in the morning to switch off the alarm.
Try observing yourself sometime when you are busy wrestling with something in your mind.
So, what does this say about me and you? We seem to be slaves to our active mind. You would love to say that you control your mind and are not carried away by things. But the harsh truth smiles at you mockingly.
Try observing yourself sometime when you are busy wrestling with something in your mind. Have you ever tried snapping yourself out of your engrossed mind in an instant?
I am trying it. Sometimes, when I get too involved thinking about something and my face has gone all serious and eyebrows arched, I remember to do something. I say in a loud whisper to myself: “Relax” and then force myself to smile. Once I do it, I feel some kind of pressure lifting from me for some time. This action relaxes me.
Of course, you too might be having your own way of taking pressure off your mind and getting it to relax for some time. Whatever you do or think to take a moment or two to relax, it is good for you.
The more you manage to relax your mind, the more a relaxed mind is able to do things better for you.
If you relax more often, your happy mind might just lead you to a much happier life.