How much time do you spend thinking?
Sometimes, I even catch myself thinking about how much time I spend thinking. As a practical person, I see the flaws in this behavior. I am a believer in progress. Thinking is an act of stillness. We can’t get too far by thinking.
When we spend time in our heads, we rarely are among friends. Generally speaking, people have a hard time saying nice things to themselves. So why would any one of us want to be stuck in our own minds? In the place where the monsters roam?
I’m reminded of William James. James said…
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
Isn’t that what we are doing? Aren’t we just creating a mental hierarchy of the things that dissatisfy us?
So what’s the solution?
The solution is awareness. When I catch myself thinking about nothing, I am going to redirect my useless thinking into a positive action. I am going to gain control of my thoughts.
It’s easy to say to ourselves “these are my thoughts. I can’t control them.”
Well in fact you can. Meditation, exercise, self awareness, these are all practical skills that we can learn and practice to give ourselves more control over our minds, instead of our minds controlling us.
I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent staring at the blank page, tormenting myself on what if I have to say is worth saying or not. This “thinking” is just a deflection. It’s what Steven Pressfield calls “the resistance.”
I am going to improve in the new year. In fact, I will start right now.
P.S. – It’s Christmas morning. But this blog will get sent out the day after Christmas. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day full of family and love and faith. If you don’t, I wish you peace and happiness just the same.