It’s Monday, and if you are anything like me, you’ve got 100 “tabs” open in your mind as you start your day. I find it almost impossible to sit still and “refocus” my thoughts. As soon as I do the “think about being still” thing…..my mind rebels and I’m thinking about 25 different things that could be done NOW.
Here is a quick process to “reset” and move forward when you feel fragmented:
You have 6 categories of experience:
- Physical sensations
Now here’s the trick:
Just sit, and wait. In a second or two your attention will get pulled to one of those categories of experience. To something you’re not consciously aware of now.
It could be the intense taste of your morning breath, or the sound of traffic, or a thought: “Did I reply to that message?”. This is MY number one niggling thought every.single.day. Notice which category the thing fits into and then wait again.
A few seconds later your attention will get pulled to something else. Notice the category and wait for the next thing.
Ah, there it is.
Keep doing that, wondering what the next thing will be. Within 2-5 minutes (in my experience) your mind will get to a place that you can’t fit into any of the above categories. It feels like nothingness, and you’re not forcing it. It’s effortless.
This is where you want to be. I like to sit here for 20 minutes every day (like that is happening…..), but even if you tap into it for 5 minutes a day (set a timer if you want) you should notice the benefits.
Try it and let me know if it works for you! PS. It took a while to even try it…….and, I’m still struggling with the “stillness”.