I’ve had a bad case of monkey mind lately. I used to experience this when I was overscheduled and overwhelmed. But now, my schedule is clear and my tasks lists contain fewer things. And still, my mine jumps from one thing to another.
I think it’s because I’m not giving myself enough space to be with my thoughts or my emotions. So this month’s challenge is to sit with myself.
Why Sitting with Myself?
Recently I read an article by Joshua Becker about an assignment he received in school. It was to sit quietly in a room – no electronics, noise, guided meditation or people – and be with his thoughts. All this for an hour a week.
It really struck a chord with me. I sometimes feel that I am so busy that I don’t take the time to pay attention to my thoughts. I don’t give myself the luxury of being able to follow my thoughts through the path of daydreams. And that in turn limits my creativity and my self-awareness.
There are only a few rules, as I understand them.
- No electronics. There should be no distractions.
- No set time of day. I don’t have to force myself to do this first thing in the morning, which has been a difficult time for me to quiet myself. I either fall asleep or think of nothing because I am not fully awake.
What I Hope to Gain
I know this is going to be a difficult exercise. But at the same time, I see the possibility of the gains.
I hope to gain some time to just be. No demands on my time, no sense of urgency to be doing or being elsewhere.
I hope to gain time to let my mind wander. There isn’t enough of that in my life right now. This in turn should break the creativity out.
I hope to gain a sense of self back. There are times when I really wonder if I know myself as well as I should. This exercise could help with that.
Over To You
While I am not going to put the term meditation on this, because I’m not trying to empty my mind, it is a form of paying attention and being present. This month I challenge you to find a way to bring that into your life.