One of the things that sometimes makes me think I can’t meditate or sit in silence or pray or participate in contemplative prayer is that my mind is filled with all sorts of thoughts that I can’t seem to quiet. I know I’m not alone in this because it seems to be one of the top reasons why people don’t stick with meditation.
What I’ve found, though, is that when I let my thoughts go where they will and then I take a moment or two to observe them, I discover habit patterns that perhaps I might want to change. I’ve also discovered habit patterns that are helpful and good and, of course, these are ones that I’d like to emphasis in my life.
So, don’t worry about it if you can’t still or quiet your mind. It’s okay. In fact it’s very good. You can learn so much about yourself.
For instance, do you find your thoughts can be categorized as worry or fear thoughts? Usually that means you are thinking about the past or what might come in the future. That’s helpful for you to know about yourself because this colors your perception of your life and what you think can—or cannot—achieve or have.
Same with angry, frustrated, impatient thoughts as well as sad, depressed, despairing thoughts. Is this really how you want to view your world, what options and opportunities you have, and what you are or are not able or allowed to do?
What kinds of thoughts are you having? What incident or circumstance is driving them? What can you do about it in the here and now because you can’t do anything to change the past and the only way you can have a better future is to help yourself in the here and now. If you find there is absolutely nothing you can do, then drop it. Let it go. Move on. Focus on the here and now, right where you are this moment. Think about what you can do to help yourself. Then do it.
If you haven’t already done your sitting in silence, do so right now. If you have sat in silence, do it again right now! It’s so good for you!!
Something better is up ahead, and you can hurry it along by doing what needs to be done in the here and now.
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