Minds Like Crows

Enjoy this re-post from three years ago.

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magpie nest

“Our minds are like crows.  They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.”  ~ Thomas Merton

I love this analogy. Its part of the human condition to keep picking up thoughts and not letting them go. Adding more and more until we find ourselves overwhelmed.

In yoga there is the term “monkey mind” for a mind that continues to jump from one thought to another. Whether monkeys or crows work for you, take a moment to reflect on how attached to you might be to your thinking.

Do you keep analyzing and adding more thoughts? Or perhaps jump from one to the next? How much are you adding to your mental clutter ?

metal clutter

When we take time to pause and be still, we become aware of our thinking. We realize we are not our thinking. As a witness to our thoughts, we become less attached to them.

With awareness comes detachment and the ability to let our thoughts go.

Don’t add to your inner clutter, find your middle ground.

Inner Peace is Possible

find your middle ground

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Life is a series of highs and Lows.

Be grateful for the highs and be graceful in the lows,

Knowing that inner peace is possible.

We all experience stress as we go through life, and our experience of stress varies. Take a moment to consider these examples and how you react to each of them:

– Bungie jumping
– Giving a presentation
– Losing your smart phone
– Rappelling down a mountain
– Looking after a newborn baby
– Driving a formula one Ferrari
– Teaching a yoga class
– Being without internet for a week

Something that feels highly stressful to one person, may be an adventure to an other. Our thinking varies about each experience. (Okay – maybe not losing your smartphone)

All experience of stress is a result of thought.

The good news is that we have the ability to change our thinking. Our thoughts are not the truth. We can shift our perspective, and prevent potential stress by re-framing our thinking.

However, we can’t do that as long as we keep moving so fast, getting distracted and triggered by external events and people. We must learn to slow down.

When we know in our hearts that its possible to feel peace, despite what we are experiencing, we have hope.

We slow down and find our middle ground … again and again.

Haiku – thoughts

clouds like thoughts

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Let thoughts be like clouds
Watch them pass and let them go
Find your middle ground
~

Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from stressful days and anxious minds, and taking time to pause.

When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be, we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what we should be doing next.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.

I write about finding this place of connection, contentment and peace in the highs and lows of life. I call it our Middle Ground.

* We are Not our Thinking

“Thinking is something you watch the mind do. You are just there, aware that you are aware. You are the indwelling being, the consciousness. Its not something you have to think about. You are it. You can watch the mind being neurotic and not get involved. This is all you have to do to unplug the disturbed mind.”

~ Michael A. Singer from The Untethered Soul

We are not the thinking mind, we are aware of the thinking mind.

Awareness itself.

When we embrace this discovery, everything begins to change.

Our beliefs and thoughts become clear and we can question them.

It is the key to detach from the beliefs that hold us back, keep us limited and safe.

This awareness leads to freedom, connection and infinite possibilities.

So go on, take time to unplug.

Soften… Let go…

Watch your thoughts like passing clouds.

 

* Mantra for Today – thoughts

Today’s mantra is helpful when we notice we are creating stories about ourselves, situations and other people … Which means its helpful every moment of my days 🙂

girl alone thinking

 

My thoughts are not the truth

(They are only my thoughts)

The truth lies beyond our thinking.

Take time to pause, meditate and sit with whatever is coming up for you.

Let your inner guide reveal the truth to you.

The answer is not in our heads, it is in our hearts.

Namaste