During my recent bout of writing to deadline, there were times when I’d sit down and say, “Write,” and I would! It was amazing. Other times my brain would start bouncing off the walls and refusing to settle on any topic.
As you have probably guessed from my blog, I’m not one for meditating. My squirrel brain is constantly jumping around, and it bucks at the thought of being put into a silent cage.
I’ve found when this happens, it’s best just to let it off the leash so it can run itself out. I do put rules on it (being me), and it can’t go back and touch on a thread that it has already gone to. If it does, then it is obviously tired and needs to go home.
Come to think of it, it’s not only during meditation attempts that my brain refuses to be harnessed. One year I went to the High Holy Day Services at Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish group. As I briefly mentioned in describing my first synagogue visit, men and women sit separately. At this service there was a screen separating the worshipers of different genders. The screen was there to decrease distraction.
The screen’s purpose was ironic because all I could think of during the entire service is that that would be the perfect screen for my apartment! I’d been looking for one, and that was exactly what I wanted. Then my mind switched to how soon after the service could I ask the rabbi’s wife where they’d found it without it sounding like I’d been thinking about that instead of the service. Oh no! The rabbi’s wife! I was sitting next to her! Had she noticed that I was spending an exorbitant amount of time staring over there? Was she thinking I was trying to see the men on the other side through the small cracks?!?!?
I succeeded in forcing my gaze forward, although that didn’t turn my focus back to the service. That screen kept calling to me the entire time I sat there. Ultimately I chickened out and didn’t ask the rabbi’s wife about it. I was too embarrassed!
When was the last time you let your brain off the leash? or When was the last time you were distracted by a really common item?