Cleaning out my pantry and getting rid of old t-shirts is the easy stuff.
Clearing out the clutter in my mind is going to take a whole lot longer….
I am still doing my morning sitting and my quiet drive into work. What’s been apparent to me on that morning drive, though, is just how noisy my thoughts can be. I can obsess on anything and roll things over and over in my head endlessly. I mean anything–even a blog dedicated to simplifying my life! Truth is, much of this paragraph I composed in my head on the drive to work this morning. And while I was composing and recomposing sentences in my thoughts, I was completely unaware of what I was really doing at that particular moment, namely: driving a ton of metal down a busy highway surrounded by a dozen or so other vehicles…most likely driven by equally thought-absorbed individuals.
It amazes me how much of my life I live on auto-pilot. I have so many daily, routine actions–driving to work, walking to my office, making the coffee, etc–that more often than not I am completely tuned out to my surroundings and entirely in my head.
So: today’s prompt is a tool for breaking out of my daily somnambulism and waking to the moment.
On the drive into work, when I caught myself wrapped in my thoughts, I used that moment as a cue to look at what was right in front of me.
Go ahead and try it now (I just did–took a pause from writing this post, just to observe all those things that sit around me everyday, unobserved). Look, and what do you see?
Just like focusing on breathing, taking a moment to observe what I am doing, and where I am doing it, forces me to be in the moment.
I love watching movies, and I love to watch them closely for all the details of frame and set and shot. If only I could observe my own actions and surroundings with the same degree of attention!
Thanks for this honest post! It made me smile to myself as I too have tried to ‘simplify’ my life, and embrace mindfulness, and then find myself over-thinking them too! Kind of funny when you think about it, but then again, another thing to think about! ugh…
All too true. Rather than beating myself up for my shortcomings, which is what I would be more likely to do, I’m trying to use those moments of “there I go again” as a reminder to take a moment to return to mindfulness.
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