present moment

Reining in my Runaway Thoughts

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What do I do with the 60,000 thoughts I have in a day?

Thoughts are poppin' up faster than I have time to type them. What am I having for lunch? Am I hungry? What's going on tomorrow? Where would I squeeze that in? What's the weather like outside? The job of the mind is the generate thoughts and I have A LOT of them! If I follow these string of words everywhere they lead me, I'd be all over the place!

As a psychotherapist with a developing mindfulness practice, I am continuously wrestling with the need to come back to the here and now, because my mind is everywhere but here.

Here are some habits I've picked up along the way to help bring me back to now... I'd touch and sniff most flowers that happen upon my path, or listen in on the crinkling sound of a leaf against my shoe. I'd be curious about the aroma of yummy goodness coming out of a Thai restaurant. I'd come back to noticing my breath, which I thankfully carry around unconsciously, all the time. I'd take a moment to observe what's happening outside of me and how that's affecting what's happening inside of me, and vice versa. All the while, I'd take note of my mind drifting off and invite my mind to come back to this moment that I don't want to miss. 

How do you come back to the present? I'd love to hear!

Slow (the Heck) Down

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Erwan Hesry/unsplash.com

I don't know about you but there's a lot going through my mind at any given moment. While I'm cooking, I'm replaying the day. While I'm driving, I'm writing that email. I then don't remember whether I've measured an ingredient correctly or how I got to the office. I would miss out on these moments which may seem trivial, but are not, because how else have I allowed life pass me by?

I often have to remind myself to slow the heck down and to re-train my brain to come back to the here and now. What's going on inside and outside of me this very moment? Usually, when I've taken the time to be more present, I find myself living fuller days.

Want to journey in the present moment?