In today's world, we want our food fast and our internet faster. We want more and are doing more. We rush through our days multitasking, exhausted and numb as our thoughts speed through our minds like an express train full of commuters. Just like these passengers, our thoughts come and go. The thoughts that come and stay solidify and become our beliefs, beliefs about ourselves and about the world around us. Our thoughts and beliefs give rise to our actions, our choices and our words and shape us into an identity we begin to believe. So often, our beliefs are picked up early on in life, before we have a chance to really examine if they resonate with our hearts.
Why do we stay stuck in our swirling thoughts? Is it out of habit? In my experience of quieting my own thoughts and bringing more mindfulness to my life, I have experienced that habitual mindlessness tells only half the story. I have found that we distract, we react and we numb ourselves to keep our minds from connecting to its partner, the heart. From the one sided perspective of the unchallenged mind, the heart seems to hold all the pain we are running from. The soulful truth is the heart wants to be heard and felt and has the powerful ability to then release, to let go, to create space. The unquestioned mind wants to hold on, keep busy and be right. In observing the thoughts that pop in and out of our minds, we can decide which ones no longer serve us, for example, "I will never be enough" can be traded in for "I am enough."
To begin to find balance in our rush hour lives, we can make a choice to "go with the slow" and put ourselves on simmer. Even a few minutes a day of mindfulness while brushing your teeth or standing on line at Starbucks for your morning coffee, can bring you into the witness perspective and start a process of you returning to you. In intentionally slowing down, we invite the mind to calm just enough to begin to build a bridge to connect to the heart. The mind can then be the knowledgeable conductor steering us on our heartfelt path.