When you notice your brain is bouncing from one thought to the next, or emotions rise up such as anxiety, fear, anger and overwhelm and … do you notice what you do?

For me, I used to distract myself with entertainment or find solice in smoking, alcohol and icecream. For others it was cleaning house, going on a shopping spree, making soup and donuts!

Numbing our stress is a strategy that most of us can relate to. Yet there is an other approach worth considering. Instead of beating ourselves up, can we let the mind be the mind, and begin to explore the stillness and peace below the surface.

When we become aware of our habitual patterns and behaviors to avoid our feelings, it’s often the first step to find our Middle Ground.

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Donna Faulds poem inspires me here:


Let the mind be the mind.

behind its restless activity,

just one layer deeper

is stillness, and beneath

even that, is an ocean

of mystery and truth.

Swim in this eternal sea

until you know yourself

to be infinity, and bring

that knwing back into

your day. Why struggle

to be what you are already?

Let the mind be the mind,

but dont bind yourself

to its limited reality.

Trust your experience of

vastness. Trust the truth

that never loses potency

of disappears in fear.

Let the mind be the mind

and identify not with

thought, but silence.

~ Danna Faulds taken from “Limitless New Poems and Other Writings”

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life ๐Ÿ’›

37 comments on “Let the Mind Be the Mind

  1. Sharon Lawrence

    Thanks Val! Those words resonate and are well-timed for sure.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. Such a beautiful poem. And a wise introduction. Thank you Val โค๏ธ

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  3. Thank you, Val. Wishing you beauty today.

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  4. Lovely and thank you Val โ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ’Ÿ sending joy hedy ๐Ÿ’ซ

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  5. Wonderful to relax into your post, Val, and Donna Faulds’s poem. I espec. like these words she wrote: “Why struggle

    to be what you are already?”

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  6. It is powerful once we realize what our stress responses are and what better choices we can make that help us in the long run. Beautiful post and poem!

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  7. It sounds like I’ve got the first step down, I know what I do when my mind is racing – nothing like watching an episode of King of Queens with a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. That’s my escape, my happy place…

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  8. Beautiful, Val. Thank you for this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we can dive deep, go within, and take a breather by returning to the still, silent core of our being. Aah . . . that’s where peace resides. Better!

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  10. Beautiful Val ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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  11. Love the poem and the message Val ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. The introduction and the poem picture what I am going through these days.
    Too many thoughts and emotions marrying, leaving me astray.

    Thank you.

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  13. Beautiful, Val!
    Wishing you a positive week further ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. So beautiful. Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  17. I really liked the intention behind “let the mind be the mind’. For me it means not running or hiding from what the mind can bring us. Thanks!

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