Most of us spend most of our time in our thinking. Paying attention to our thoughts about the world, rather than being in the world. Paying attention to our thoughts about each other, rather than paying attention to each other.
Judging, discerning, dividing the world into that which is safe and that which is not. Speculating on what should and should not be happening. Trying to ‘figure out’ our life, our path to happiness, our path out of sorrow or discomfort..
It’s a long-standing habit, and at times it can feel as if we have little or no control over it, over this voice of the ego, this voice of narcissism and self-centered fear..
And truth is; we have very little control over what it says or how often it says it. The ego will chatter on, regardless of whether or not I want it to.
But what I do have control over is how much attention I pay to it.. I always have a choice in terms of my attention. What will I attend to? Anything other than my thinking-ness.
The sensation of this body in space, the play of sunshine bouncing off my hair, the coffee cup in my hand. The words of my friend as she tells me her story and the way her eyes light up when she talks..
And when I get pulled into my speculating mind trying to figure out the world and my place in it, what does this or that mean about me or for me; simply noticing this has happened, letting go of the thoughts and coming back to an awareness of where I am, who I’m with and how it feels to be in this world.
As I practice this, again and again, whenever I realize I’ve been pulled back into my thinking, I begin to experience what I am that is other than my thinking.
And this other thing I am, as it turns out, is so much more powerful than the thinking-ness and so much more in alignment with the universe ✨