Today I felt like a master being pulled on a leash by a dog running helter skelter. Except that it wasn't my dog, it was my mind and I was chasing after it like a fool.
It happened in a phone session with my spiritual mentor, who was doing a space and energy clearing with me. During these types of exercises, I remain silent while he does his magic with me, also in silence. He completed one of the exercises and asked me how I felt. I admitted that my mind wandered into the near future, scattering me in different directions and dividing my attention. I simply wasn't present.
We did a couple more exercises, and I focused my mind on staying p-r-e-s-e-n-t. It was almost like practicing holding my breath. That's all I focused on. Allowing myself to receive. Allowing myself not to have to do the work of the clearing. It became a mantra - stay present. Breathe that in and out.
Did I feel differently when I unleashed myself from my wandering mind? You bet! I felt that sense of calmness and peace that come when we are still. What was more telling was what I didn't feel - anxiety, worry, fear, or preoccupation with new to-do lists. I could just be with myself.
This experience of stillness, and detachment from mind, is what spiritual writer/teacher Eckhart Tolle describes in all of the books he's written. My favorite is Stillness Speaks, because he frames all of his material in easy to digest nuggets, like the following:
"Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is."
"Wisdom is not a product of thought. The deep knowing that is wisdom arises through the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention."
Our minds are powerful tools for us to use, not dogs to drag us running blindly and unawares. Unchain thyself!