I don’t know about you but I used to be an active member of the Busy Club. You know where you have so much going on you can’t even keep up with yourself? I used to think that busy was the sign of a full life. It’s full alright, but not always full of the right things. I used to be a true member of the Busy Club, always rushing from commitment to commitment. These days I treasure my time more and don’t commit as easily. What was a little more complicated for me to realize and rectify was having a busy mind. You know, when you’re physically one place but your mind is someplace else.
Don’t let your mind get so busy that it distracts you from living in the moment.
I can’t tell you the number of things I’ve missed out on not because I wasn’t there but because I wasn’t mentally present. Conversations I checked out on, events I missed moments of, things I didn’t really experience. All because my mind was elsewhere. I was running lists, checking boxes, thinking of the moment to come but not living in the moment I was in. This isn’t something I’ve completely mastered but it’s something I’m working on. I’m aware of it and catch myself. I bring myself back to the moment so I can experience it in full. I make time throughout the day to sit down and organize my thoughts so I can address those things that preoccupy my mind in a solution-focused way instead of running around in circles.
This week, I just wanted to encourage you to be aware of a busy mind. It has a way of robbing you of the joy of the moment. Find ways to focus on the things that run circles in your mind during a specific time. Instead of letting those thoughts run in the back of your head throughout the day, pick a time to sit down and pinpoint solutions and actions you can take. Take control and don’t let your thoughts run you. Making lists, journaling, meditation, and yoga are good ways to exercise the mind.
Sending you lots of love and wishing you all that you need to tame your mind so you can be fully present in the moment.