We live in a time of overstimulation. There’s not a moment when we’re not “on something” — such as the TV, radio, CD player, or cordless whatever. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t take a bath for more than ten minutes — just me and some bubbles — I also have to be on the phone, watching TV, or flipping through the pages of Newsweek. Suddenly, I’m not thinking about myself.
Maybe we’re all a little afraid of our own thoughts. Maybe afraid is too big a word — we’re just leery of them. So now I force myself to be alone with the one person I should know better than anyone — me. Try forcing yourself: Get on a stationary bike, or take a walk, without any other stimulation than your own thoughts. You’ll be surprised at what comes to mind — and usually those are the important things.
I’ll confess that I figured out this trick one day while I was way, way up in the canyons walking, and the most horrible thing on earth happened to me — the batteries in my Walkman died. And even a little battery prayer — “Please spirit of Duracell, let them work” — didn’t help. I was in a panic, wondering, Oh my God, what am I going to think about for the next 20 minutes? It was the beginning of self-discovery.
Excerpted from the article:
Are We Afraid of Our Own Thoughts?
Written by Jim Brickman.
Read more of this article…
RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY
Simple Things by Jim Brickman with Cindy Pearlman.
by Jim Brickman with Cindy Pearlman.
Click here for more info and/or to order this book.