Who knew I would have such a busy mind? In doing the 15-minute sitting exercise and trying to empty my brain I realized how busy my mind is. I feel like there are glimpses where my brain is quiet, then all of a sudden, my mind is going here, there and everywhere. The picture of the roller coaster is a good analogy of where my brain has been going while doing this 15-minute sitting exercise. Thinking of all the things I have to do, thinking of things that stress me out, thinking of regrets I have, etc. etc. So, all of this makes me more aware of how much peace and quiet is a commodity these days. I need to be present and centered and my mind should quiet down. I must remember that this process and learning takes time.
Also, these 15 minutes reminds me, before I start the process, how is my body feeling? Am I feeling stressed? Is my body tensed up? Do I have any discomfort anywhere? Perhaps taking a few minutes ahead of time before doing this exercise will help me with quieting my mind. Instead of a task, how do I set this process for success?
This exercise makes me more aware of what happens outside of these 15 minutes. What am I thinking of and if these thoughts are doing me any service. If nothing else when my brain goes to something negative, then at shift my thinking to something positive. Or if that is too much at the beginning or if I need a quick shift then take a deep breath. Each step moves me closer to my goal.