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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Help! My Mind Keeps Racing—Mindfulness Silences the Mind

Hurry Up!

  • Do you suffer from hurry sickness? Are you always feeling rushed and worrying you're missing out on opportunities or letting others down because you're rushing to get things done but are always one step behind?
  • Do you sometimes feel discombobulated, like you just can't figure out how to keep up with everything no matter how hard you try—leaving you flustered and tired?
  • Do you continue to feel rushed long after there is any need?

I don't know about you, but I tend to push myself to achieve imaginary deadlines that only I—or more correctly my deep unconscious—knows what that deadline is. I may not have a severe case of hurry sickness, but I do find myself rushing to pick up speed and save a few minutes so I can get there faster. The problem is I'm not sure where 'There' is.

I've Got Good News and Bad News

This dilemma is illustrated in the story of an airline pilot who comes on the loudspeaker to chat with her passengers. 'Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I hope your ride has been smooth. I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is we're making great time; the bad news is we're lost.'

What Goes Up Must Come Down
Sure there are times in our lives when we must function at top speed to achieve specific goals and meet real deadlines. But why do we continue rushing at high speed even when we don't need to anymore?

As the Chicago song says, 'What goes up must come down' --and that includes the frenetic speed and stress that goes up when we're rushing to meet those real deadlines. A constant state of hyperactivity and hurry sickness isn't good for any of us.
To get where we want to get in life we must slow down and rest the mind so we know what we want and how to get there.
Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything is Accomplished

'Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished' says Lao Tzu, sage from 6th century BC. Grass does not try to grow. Water does not try to flow. Flowers do not try to bloom. They just do. There is no hurry in plant time, just the simple flow of life in the right time.

So pull back, quiet your mind, and allow the simple flow of your life to happen in the right time. Children grow up. People find mates. People find fulfilling jobs. Roads and bridges get built. Communities heal. Hurts heal.

Stop hurrying to build that bridge to nowhere. It'll still be available to work on later if you really must. But chances are, going forward with a stilled mind, you won't see the need to busy yourself with going nowhere. With a cleared mind and an open heart your life will be cleared for things of importance--and the universe will unveil all its secrets to you in the right time.
Slow Down, Still Your Mind
Lao Tzu also said, 'To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.' While we would like to think we are smarter, wiser, and much more advanced than those who lived centuries before us, so much timeless wisdom written centuries ago still speaks to us as if it was written today.

When you catch yourself with a case of hurry sickness, practice mindfulness, and apply the wisdom that came to us from so long ago. Stop. Adjust. Breathe. Relax. Still the mind. Accomplish your dreams.

Do you need help slowing down to move forward to accomplish your dreams?
For more than 25 years, Susan Meyerott has been helping people lighten up and step over invisible barriers to change one step at a time. She speaks to your heart, puts you at ease, and makes changing easier than ever before. Contact Susan to schedule one or on-going life change coaching sessions.


Anonymous said...

love all your insights and all your blogs Stephanie Bric

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

And you'd think those of us who are self-employed wouldn't have this problem, but we do! My husband often tells me to take a day off. I say, "I can't take a day off. That woman I work for is a witch!"

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Oh Jean, you made me laugh with that comment! My self-employment boss can be a witch too--always pushing me to do more. Thanks for your funny comments!Nothing like a good laugh to settle me down!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Stephanie--So loved your stopping by to share a piece of your time and life with me. Love to you.