Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.Swami Muktananda
As I develop a daily plan of attacking the world, I take time each morning to pause, and reboot the brain.
Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and the brain is running full speed thinking about what I need to do and usually jumbling that into a mess compiled with things I saw on a TV show, or things left unsaid/undone during the day. This is also a problem as the day gets started and I try to think about all of the things that I have to achieve that day.
I’m learning that it’s far better to shut the brain down and tell myself not to worry about “what has to be done.” The routine for each day provides time to meditate, work out, and then focus on the next steps for the day. The end of the meditation asks that I sit there for a minute and think about the next steps…and see how far I can bring that calmness from the meditation into the day.
As the meditation ends, I focus on being able to workout, have breakfast with the kids, shower, head into work, journal, and then think about what the goals of the day include.
While working out or on the ride into work I’m able to listen to a podcast or book to get my mind going, and excited about some new possibility.
Then I can jump into the emails, or the tasks at hand and not feel overwhelmed.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.Lao Tzu