Too Much Thinking, Not Enough Being
How often have you watched your mind becoming more and more caught
up in life's daily tasks, thinking about job, school, family, or
relationship responsibilities/issues in a way that feels
overwhelming? What is the effect of these moments of
mind-preoccupation and drama-creation on the whole experience of
life? When you begin complaining and feeling that life is asking
"too much" of you, do you fantasize about an escape, an angry
confrontation, a vacation, retirement, dropping out, being
rescued—all of the above?
When we find our minds swirling, it is a sure sign that there is too much thinking, too much doing and not enough Being. May I offer a suggestion based on experience and practice? Just stop! What is here when we simply stop? Even a single moment when we are free from identification with our thinking, judging, worrying, narrating mind can immediately begin to transform our relationship with the moment, and relax the body-mind. When we stop, we fall into the full experience of Now without resistance to it. Shoulders drop; energy swirling in the head begins to descend. We come out of the egoic-trance that seemed to claim our consciousness.
When you notice your mind operating from a trance state, first be aware
of what notices it. What is aware of the trance is not caught by it.
Then you might be moved to find a park bench, a quiet corner, a spot in
front of a sunny window, or simply to close your eyes while sitting in
front of your computer, and STOP. There is always space, quiet, and
peace in our true nature. In the deeper dimensions of Being, life is
neither too much nor not enough, but simply what is. When we are not
overlaying the moment with our judgments about it, life will be what it
is, but our relationship and response to it changes altogether. And in
the deepest mystery of what we are, there isn't even anyone to have a
relationship with life or with an "other." Find out for yourself. When
there is too much thinking and not enough being, what is here when you
© Dorothy Hunt
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