During meditation, we can experience and practice peace and serenity. When we sit down to do so, it's not that hard, especially if we're not new to meditation. The tricky part is remaining in that state of calm all throughout the day.
I noticed that a well phrased sentence, a little reminder, can help me immensely in a time of need. A sentence that I understand and feel fully, so much so that it can instantly shift my perspective.
Oftentimes, I write a sentence like this down, so I can bring it to mind throughout the day when I need to find my way back to that peaceful place.
A sentence that has helped me a lot during these past couple of weeks is the following:
Think less, live more.
I often find myself thinking about future events, debating what I should do. I know it doesn't serve me at all to think this much. Honestly, I'm pretty sure we spend more of our time thinking than actually living our lives.
And that's where this little reminder comes in. We can easily feel lost without thought. After all, we are taught that it is dangerous not to think. But mindless is not the same as mindful. Most of our thoughts do more harm than good. They don't let us live.
The Illusory Land of Thought
We live in the age of technology, and so many people are saddened by the fact that many of us stare at our phones instead of looking at the world around us. Even though they are not visible to the eye, our thoughts can do the same.
When someone's deep in thought, their eyes change. You can see that they are not really there. They are not present--they are lost in thought. It's not much better than staring at a telephone screen. Yet, we barely even notice it.
No Experience Can Ever Be Worse Than Fearing the Future
When I notice myself thinking about the future, and worry starts to rise in me, I just stop the thinking process and do something instead--smile at someone, go for a walk, sit in meditation, concentrate on my work, or anything that gets me out of my mind and into my life. If I fear to do something in particular, I go and do it. I refuse to let fear control what I do.
I don't want to spend my life thinking, I want to spend my life living. Even if an experience ends up being unpleasant in some way, it's still an experience. And I choose to live rather than hide in fear.
You Are Who You Choose to Be
It's not so easy to be in charge of our minds. But the great thing is that we don't have to be. Just because we have certain thoughts in our heads doesn't mean we have to be controlled by them. We are free to act in any way we please.
Thoughts are not as serious as we make them out to be. So let's think less and live more.
A guided meditation on this topic can be listened to here.
“Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don't realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.” - Eckhart Tolle