ALONE WITH YOUR THOUGHTS
Thursday, August 26, 2021
To be alone with our thoughts, genuinely alone, can be a scary place.
For novices, I recommend short dosage – a few minutes at a time, then work your way up gradually.
Over time you might get to an hour.
Don’t rush it.
Take your time.
For intermediate thinkers, you’ve mastered these tricks; sitting still staring out a window in an empty, quiet room vis-à-vis a long walk in nature. You’ve learned to focus on just one idea and to shunt aside the hundreds of others that try to slip in sideways; yes, they do. They should. That’s why clearing your mind is so important, so you can open up your sponge-brain to soak them up, pull them in and squeeze them out on a page later.
Seasoned/experienced thought controllers can operate on two levels – focusing on the one big thing, the big idea, and letting non-conscious minds toy with a few of the other creeping-in ideas and problems in need of a solution. Too often, we want to be the clever solution in search of a worthy concern. Yes, that too is worthy, but theoretic doesn’t buy the groceries as reliably.
Expert level – this is a combination of all skills + procrastination. It is not necessary to operate on this level, but we sometimes see it in others, the ones who appear to ‘have it all’ going for them. They likely don’t. They probably suffer the same insecurities and self-doubt everyone carries. But they do carry it off well.
To be alone with your thoughts, truly alone, can be a scary place.
Don’t be scared.
You are not alone.
You are normal.
Hope you’re keeping your emotions in check thru all this election bull, federal and muni….take care and keep those musings coming. You and I are definitely on the same wave length most times…. Cheers, NB, Trochu, AB