Do you feel like your brain is working on overtime and that you will never have the peace of mind that you crave?
Does your brain keep you busy thinking about different things all the time?
Even when you want to wind down and go to sleep, your brain is still active with things you have to do. You are constantly thinking and worrying about things that keep you up at night.
You would love to have a good night’s sleep, but you can’t because of your overactive brain.
You’ve probably heard of meditation to help quiet the brain and de-stress. You might have even tried it yourself, but soon gave up on it because your brain just won’t shut up.
As soon as you try to quiet your brain, more thoughts keep coming up that you don’t think you can ever empty your brain to nothingness and that just stresses you out even more.
One of my goals I wanted to achieve was to be one with my hoop. I wanted to enjoy the peace in my hoop as many of my hooping friends had done.
But instead, this happened…
Yup, that’s me screaming so that it would be louder than my thoughts in my busy brain.
That 30 second scream helped to quiet my brain down for about 30 seconds, but it was not a good remedy.
Not only did I hurt my throat, but I frightened my husband so bad that his hair fell out (that is why he’s bald), and gave myself a headache.
As you can see, this is not a flattering picture, but then again, I have never seen any flattering pictures of chaos or misery.
If you look closer at the picture you will see the word ‘grace’ on my shirt.
I can tell you that I did not feel the ‘grace’ in me, with me, or around me.
Even though it may be difficult to achieve, the majority of us want and look for ways to discover and achieve peace of mind.
What I learned was…
One of the ways to achieve peace of mind is not to try so hard.
You’re probably thinking,
“What? If you want to achieve or succeed at something you must work hard to get it. Things don’t just happen; you have to work for it.”
You know the saying, ‘No pain, no gain’.
Sometimes the harder you try to find something or achieve something the more you might not find or achieve it. Instead of working with the current, you are going against the current which can be exhausting.
That is exactly what it feels like, exhausting. Not only do you feel the pain, but you also feel so exhausted that you probably just end up giving up.
Have you paddled a boat against the stream instead of with the stream?
Let me tell you, if you tried to paddle a boat against the current of the stream you will know how exhausting that can be. It is much easier to paddle the boat going with current of the stream rather than against it.
The same is true for your brain. The more you work at quieting it down, the more the thoughts will just keep on popping up like popcorn.
One of the ways to work around this is to simply let your thoughts flow in. As each thought flows in, imagine those thoughts are written on a leaf and each of those leaves carry your thoughts away into the wind. Pretty soon all of your thoughts will be blown away by the wind that were written on the leaves.
Another way is to focus your brain on something else such as your breathing. You can focus your brain on your breaths by practicing deep diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing slowly in through the nose and slowly out through the mouth. Just think smell the rose, blow out the candle.
When your brain is focused on the breathing, it can’t think about anything else.
When I learned to go with the flow rather than against it, I found my peace of mind. Now, I can peacefully meditate in my hoop and be one with it.
“Hhhaaa, what a good feeling that is.”
If you look closely at the picture you will see ‘GRACE’ on this shirt.
This time I can feel ‘GRACE’ in me, with me and around me.
The moral of this story is…
Peace of mind can be achieved when you work and go with the current (flow) rather than against the current (flow). When you work against the current it can be exhausting. Go with the flow and let it go. Also directing your attention to something else such as your breathing can also help to achieve a peace of mind.
I enjoy spending time in my hoop now, either before or after I hoop dance for moments of meditation for reflection and/or inspiration.
Our brain needs time to rest and shut down just like our computers. If we don’t give our brain time to rest and shut down it will not work well just like when our computers run slow when they aren’t given time to rest and shut down.
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