Just Thinkin'

Quiet Mind – Busy Day

i keep reminding myself……We only ever have this one moment that we are experiencing, and it is we ourselves who decide how we are going to experience it.

How many satisfying moments am i going to experience today?

How many dis-satisfied moments am i going to experience today?

We decide this…..
Does our experiencing of the moment, control which type of moment we are experiencing, or is it the “contents” of the moment which control which type of moment we are experiencing?

Are we choosing to have the contents of our life circumstances control us, or are we choosing to have our mindset control our experiencing of this moment?

If this subject interests you, please keep reading……

Our mind lives in the present, but it is always stringing the recent past, and the projected immediate future together with our present moment, into an “experiential sense of movement”.

This forms our “sense of things as they are”, and generally, it will fall into either a “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” category at any given time of the day.

In the morning, this “wound up” sense has usually calmed down, due to a lack of input from external sources, but we may find that the dreams we have had while we were sleeping, may have some influence on our waking state of mind.

But this waking state of mind is likely the most quiet state of mind we will experience in our day.

Any given person will have their own unique experience of what this “ground state of mind”, or “base state of mind” or “quiet mind” actually feels like, or is….. so we start at “Step 0”.

As the day progresses, the input from external sources begins to wind things up:

The first person we bump into that “cranks” us…….

or

The first unsatisfactory thing we bump into…….

or

An unwanted complication……

Rather than “dropping off” when these things begin to wind us up, it is like the first “hyping factor” steps us up a notch, and now we are up to “step 1”, when the second hyping factor sends us up to “step 2” and so on.

On a bad day, we can get wound up fairly quickly.

It is a bit like a monkey swinging thru the jungle from vine to vine, moving in a direction, and perhaps gathering speed.

If we can see that we are losing our sense of our “ground state of mind”, and gradually getting more and more wound up and anxious, is there something we can do to “jettison” this hype, and bring ourselves back to that “base state of mind”?

Well, we only ever have this one moment that we are experiencing, and it is we ourselves who decide how we are going to experience this moment.

How many satisfying moments am i going to experience today?

How many dis-satisfied moments am i going to experience today?

Does our experiencing of the moment, control which type of moment we are experiencing, or is it the “contents” of the moment which control which type of moment we are experiencing?

Are we choosing to have the contents of our life circumstances control us, or are we choosing to have our mindset control our experiencing of this moment?

So how do we “jettison” that wound up, hyped up state, and what method might work to re-find our “morning calm state” in the midst of a day of craziness?

Most everyone has a unique way of “going back to zero” or “regaining their morning quiet state of mind”. Often it will be tied to our beliefs or to our “life practice”. This is where the rubber hits the road, in my mind…… putting our life practice to work in our moment to moment life, can show how it is working for us.

For myself, getting diligent in working at this, has helped me discover how to jettison the “wound up” and get back to the quietness in the midst of a crazy day. It really is a case of

1.) reconnecting with that morning quietness sense.

2.) recognizing what is disturbing it,

3.) accepting that disturbance as “someone in need”.

4.) letting that disturbance vaporize.

Have a satisfying day!

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