Keeping a record of our minds
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Let’s try an experiment today and I encourage you to do the same.
Just for the day, write down the list of thoughts that you did not think of but ended up dealing with. The thoughts that your mind made you think.
That is it. Let's catalog them and let's try to make sense of them as they appear. Not judgment, no wincing or wishing away. Just ammunition for a jigsaw puzzle. And see what the state of our mind looks like today.
In effect, I am inviting you to meditate as you go about your normal life. No cushions, no eyes closed. No mantras, no app. Just you with your notepad and your thoughts.
What are you looking for?
- Any thoughts that bubble up that you have no idea where they came from?
- Emotions that get triggered and linger
To see what you never really make time to see. Your mind.
For how long?
For the day.
Watch for what you find. See if they reveal something about you that you had not noticed. See if you can spend time on one or two of those discoveries through research or chatting with some friends or family.
And see if you like watching your mind. It might be the best thing you did for yourself for the rest of your life.