No, no, wait turn it off, turn them down, and tune her out. Do you hear what I hear? Shh noting but air. Everyone in the house is sleeping and breathing as they are, unhurried, uncontrolled, rhthymic.
Now listen closer to your own air, being pulled up through your lungs, trachea and sinuses and slowly out of your nose. But in your mind, irt is not so quiet. Mindless chatter from the day of the people you were involved with, of the television, of your mail on the desk, and the road rage coming from the car behind you on your drive home.
Tomorrow morning, after the alarm clock goes off; watch, hear and begin writing down every single thing that comes into your mind, for one complete day until you almost close your eyes to sleep, from the outside, in one column. Like the things your boss says that still buzz around in your mind, your kids, the grocery store clerk, the homeless guy on the corner, your neighbors gossip, that darn television commercial, the newspaper, on and on.
In the other column write down everything that your mind comes up with or instills. Depending on your day and your mind, this could become a rather large and demanding task for some of you.
At the end of your evening or the next morning read, read both of your lists.
- What would you like to stop coming into you, your mind from the outside world? Friends, lovers, bosses, co-workers, children, television, radio, newsppers and magazines and even strangers.
- What would you like to stop your mind from putting out or instilling? Thoughts, emotions, destructive memories, insults, self-defeating/limiting remarks to yourself, rage and anger toward others, judgments.
- You decide what you want to stop or change from this point on. Let your breathing be as your guide, your warning signal, that you are allowing those intrusions on your list to interfere again-short breaths, tight chest, quickened, stacatto-ey.
- Do the same thing for your list for what is coming from inside you, your mind. What do you want to hear more of being “put out” by your mind. What do you want your mind to instill more of. What will you allow.
In doing this exercise you can begin to seze control over those things you hear in your mind you find toxic to your mental well-being and to your soul. Those experiences you are willing to make time fore and bring more of into your life. Anything else is toxic and has been a waste of your time, and a detriment to your health. You can do this exercise as it suits you, from time to time, as a check-up.