The story that goes in one’s head is the most important story of all. It can make someone happy or it can make someone miserable. How I stumble on this realization was a complete accident.
It came up to me. I wasn’t seeking it.
It started with my exploration of minimalism. It seems that in the circle of people that are of interest to me at the moment, everyone starts with a kind of material inventory of what they have in their life. And then, they realize that they have more than enough.
But why are they not happy?
They start minimizing their possessions. Then, they continue simplifying other aspects of their life. They realize that less is more.
At one point, they stumble on mindfulness. They start trying to separate thoughts from consciousness so they can be less reactive.
Then they find a kind of peace of mind.
But how it works?
One’s have to find a spiritual practice that suits himself. I’m not talking about a religious one. I’m talking about a practice oriented toward mindfulness. When you’re able to pause and let things be.
It can be meditation, journaling, zen practice, etc.
The one that I seem to encounter more often is meditation.
I’m quite early in that field at the moment. But for what I understand, the idea is to be able to differentiate thoughts from consciousness. Everyone live in their own story. Everyone live in their own head. The practice is about getting out of our own head.
By contemplating what is going on in our mind without reacting on it, we can realize that thoughts are not real. Practicing letting them come and go deepens awareness of the present moment. It’s kind of being conscious without having any thoughts.
It easier said than done. I’m really not there yet. Such kind of detachment needs a lot of practice.
I think I’m at the first step of awareness. I don’t have a practice like meditation yet. I’m able to pause when thoughts just come up to me. Multiple times during the day, I can catch my mind spinning with thoughts and slow the flow down.
Probably my next step should be to have a more define practice. But that’s for another story.
As long as you training in the right direction it doesn’t matter if you’re losing. ~ Tim Ferriss in How to Cage the Monkey Mind
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