I had an interesting experience this week that I thought I’d share with you. Maybe you’ll find it helpful in some way.
I was having a rough day and feeling down on myself, when I suddenly heard a voice telling me that I don’t have to listen to what my mind is saying. This voice said that the stories in my mind are lies, and not the truth about who I am.
This was not new information, but it’s one thing to understand it intellectually and another to practice it when you’re in the middle of emotional upheaval.
The interesting thing is once I heard the voice and understood what was being said, the emotions stopped instantly. How weird is that? And where did that voice come from, anyway?
On further reflection, I realized that my mind is not my friend. I don’t know why my mind wants to take me down, but the stories that it’s spinning about me are not helpful.
Chances are that your mind is also running a number on you by telling you stories about yourself that aren’t true. Take a look at the background chatter in your head. What is your mind saying about you, and is it correct?
These stories are not the truth of who we are. Often they’re skewed to the negative, but they can also go the other way resulting in an over-inflated ego. We can learn to tame our minds and change the stories that the mind feeds us.
The first step is awareness. Look at what your mind is saying about you, and begin to see it for what it is — not exactly an accurate view of reality.
Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques help you to see that there is a part of you that is separate from your mind. Your mind is not the ultimate authority on you. Your higher self is the one that’s really in control, and by tapping in to that, you can circumvent your mind.
Gather information. Two books that I read recently really speak to me: Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. There are lots of other good books on this subject, as well as information available on the Internet.
What stories does your mind spin about you, and how do you handle it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Tribal Beat,” 30″ x 48″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas