Hello, everyone! Can you believe it is the third day of September already? September is my favorite month, the changing of a new season although Arizona still feels more like the middle of summer. Alas, it is a beautiful month, and I cannot wait to see what this new season of change brings. To celebrate the new month, I invite you to join with me on my inner interior challenge that I find helps me to hone in on the part of my life that needs a little exfoliating, create more inner space and experience more calm moments throughout my day. Sound good?
I learned a long time ago the power of not allowing my mind to make up stories. It seems so simple yet I found “snipping” the storyline as soon as I was aware of it challenging. Today, this is a practice that I have used over and over again, and I found it helps to calm my mind, make more room for creativity and connection to my mission and passions.
Have you every found yourself in a situation where your mind runs wild and free creating stories that aren’t even true? Well, if you have, please know you are not alone. I mean, I don’t know anyone that has a clear mind ALL.THE.TIME. The good news is we can do something about it, and with a practice that helps us interrupt this pattern we can stop the stories before they become our reality.
I have come to know that for me an awareness of the story “growing legs” is a good way to begin to unwind that thought by imagining a pair of scissors cutting it off. The thought is the thread and if it is leading me down a rabbit hole you betcha I am going to pull out some cute scissors and snip it right off. Done and dusted as they say! If I left the thought running and gave it power it would eventually take up so much interior space within my life I would have no time for the good stuff, you know what I am talking about?
My mind can still make up stories, but the difference is today I am aware of them, and I know how to release them. Keep in mind, I am only referring to those thoughts that take us through a rough part of the desert, we get off track and out of alignment with our principles. The positive and uplifting thoughts we want to keep, the stories of love and compassion we never want to snip.
Please keep in mind that this is merely a practice, once we implement this in our daily routine enough it will “fire” just when we need it to and create that feeling of inner peace we all long for. Here are the other two practices from June, July and August in case you missed them.
Let me know how this works for you, ok? If you never find yourself making up stories, then I celebrate you and your Buddha-mind!
Wishing you and everyone in your day a pleasant string of moments that make up a meaningful day.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes and all things Fall,
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