Think about your home, for a moment. Most of us would probably agree that there’s an ideal amount of stuff — furniture, knicknacks, decorations, art, towels, clothes, pots and pans — when everything fits nicely. At some point, however, when you cross a certain line, the result is clutter. There’s a point of diminishing return.
This is a great metaphor for our minds as well. There is a huge tendency, in many of us, to have way too much going on inside our minds, at the same time. It’s too crowded in there. Our thinking is relentless. Hundreds of thoughts and decisions about various things are all vying for our attention. I think of a busy mind as the early stage of nervousness, irritation, and stress. It’s the breeding ground for overreactions and poor decisions.
When looked at in this way, it’s seen as being undesirable, which makes it easier to be motivated to turn down the volume and velocity of our thinking, to rid yourself of the grips of a busy mind. The key to calming down and quieting a busy mind is to trust that, if you do, everything will be okay.
Excerpted from the article:
Beware the Burden of a Busy Mind
Written by Richard Carlson.
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