Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mind a Rest



A while back, I made a little note for myself that said, "Today, I'm going to give my mind a rest." I ended up taking a picture of that little note and putting it up on Instagram. I remember that day I was feeling particularly anxious and troubled about this one thing. I kept that little note in a place where I could see it for most of the day, and every time I saw it, I did my best to not focus on what was troubling me, but rather on what was happening around me.

Upon seeing this little note, my Instagram friend mslennywilliams proclaimed, "Teach me, teacher!" Ok, mslennywilliams, I'll do my best. Excellent proclamation and you've made me think about what and how to "give my mind a rest," so thank you! I don't know about you, but I can be obsessive. I can think myself into a frenzy, and quite often, I do. Usually, I'm obsessed about one thing at a time; thank goodness it's not more than one thing.

Recently I was convinced that a good friend of mine was really mad at me. I didn't want her to be mad at me anymore, but I was also afraid to call her because I was scared by just how mad at me I thought she was. I thought about this all of the time. Yep, all of the time, until I decided that I didn't want to think about it all of the time anymore. Now, just because I decided I didn't want to obsess about it anymore does not mean I was ready to call my friend. So I "Gave it to God." Every time I started thinking about my little conundrum, I stopped myself with the thought, "I'm going to let God be in charge of that one." And I kept letting God be in charge of that one until one day I woke up and I felt ready to call her. You're going to love this mslennywilliams, my friend wasn't mad at me, not at all.

That's all I got: give to God each thing you want to give your mind a rest about. Maybe there's an action that will follow. If so, do that action the best you can, and if there's not an action, just keep giving it to God. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Sending love your direction, old friend.

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