It's actually over rated.
And bad for your health.
Thinking the wrong thoughts will kill you quicker than any cancer.
If you think you are in control of your thinking, take this little test:
I want you to notice what you are thinking for a day - like when you are awake. (Don’t worry about when you are asleep - that is a bit tricky)
Simply be aware as you go about your day what you are thinking about.
Ready? Ok - go.
Come back when you’re done.
Done already? Awesome.
What I want to point out is how much you are involved in unnecessary thinking.
Sure - and this argument always comes up -
Thinking can be pleasurable, it can be creative.
But be scientific about it for a minute.
Objectively observe yourself.
Have a look - take note of how much rubbish you think every single day.
How much non-creative, same old distracted thought that goes through your head.
BUT - also notice how much negative thinking you indulge in.
Judgement about others or yourself, or just the good old “I can’t”, "I'm stupid".
So - I’m not saying thinking is bad, it’s just that thinking is ALL some people know.
The only thing that some people know.
They know thinking so well they miss out on what is right in front of them.
Life, passing them by one moment at a time.
And if you’re honest - the reason you love the things you love to do -
Just as I love being in the outdoors, and in nature,
Is because you move away from thinking too much.
It calms down upstairs.
There is focus as well, you become immersed in this moment.
And from this calm and this focus there is happiness.
You love what you do at least partially (but probably more than partially) because your head doesn’t think so much.
If you can see this it will be the beginning of a new era for you.
Because you become more present to the only moment you can do anything about - this one.
More presence means being more alive.
It means life becomes Life.
It means you get better at what you love to do,
And you enjoy it more.
As well as being able to make the most of those moments where you’d rather not be there but you have no choice.
Like bathroom shopping for example.
I’m not saying anything, I’m just using that as an example.
So if you want freedom from thinking too much, or thinking the wrong stuff (ie. BAD thoughts), go here, I have what you need:
But right now I gotta scoot. My good wife wants to pick out a bath.
And as we all know, happy wifey makes a happy lifey.
Keep the Peace! Arjuna
I don’t take baths. Rather a quick shower. In and out, as it were. Job done, let’s do something more fun.
I call it “minimalism” - the least effort for the most result.
My wife calls it being “a grubby little monster”.