Do you ever get caught up in your thoughts and feel resentful or fearful – or some other feeling you don’t like?
I do from time to time. Yep. No doubt there. Here’s a simple trick that helps me feel better: Take this piece of ginger root, and this banana.
The ginger is you and the banana is your mind. See how they’re entwined? (Which now I think about it is way more sexual than I’d intended – what’s Ginger doing with her leg over Banana?)
What I mean is. This is how most of us live, with our sense of self entwined with our mind. We think we are our mind. We think our thoughts are correct and important. It’s the fundamental misunderstanding behind all of our unpleasant feelings. So here’s the trick … Any time you feel bad, stop for a minute, and think to yourself
I don’t feel badly, my mind does.
And even if it’s just for the smallest moment. Look what happens?
See the space? Creating space between your thoughts and you makes you feel better. Like roses, a fresh pineapple, or as my husband puts it …
“You, your crap, minus your mind equals a sunny day.”
Which my previous life as a statistical analyzer makes me want to write like this:
(Y+C) – Mindtalk = Sunny Day
(Where, Y=You and C=Crap.)
But whichever way you put it – you are not your thoughts. Thoughts are just things that happen in your head from time to time. When we feel worried, fearful, angry and so on, we think it’s because of some outside thing. But it’s not. It’s your mind. It’s how you’re thinking about things.
Your past is in your past. It’s not happening anymore, except in your mind. And if your current situation seems bad or worrisome etc, it’s only because you’re seeing it through the murky filter of your belief system, your conditioning. Which is your past again.
I feel better already.