Sometimes when we are spinning out with thoughts of this and that and the other thing, we just spin out of control until we wear ourselves out.
But other times, we retain enough presence of mind to remember that we can stop all this thought looping, by simply returning to Now.
And yet, how do we get to Now, with all this chaos setting up shop in our brain?
Many people like the practice of breathing, deep slow breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, as an immediate way to shift attention, and to shift the hormonal balance in the body.
This works for many. But for me, the last thing I can remember to do is breathe, when I’m in a stressful situation and holding my breath!
Other people like tapping, such as used with EFT. This works for lots of people, but it’s not something I use much.
For me, and for others who have worked in the intuitive, empathic, sensitive, mystic and clairvoyant realm, one of the things that works the most is simply to shift attention to something else.
To practice noticing, something different.
For example, if I am having a stressfull situation, and I sense those thoughts looping into panic or anger or wherever they’re going, I will remember I need to get to Now.
And to get to Now, I will use something small: an object in front of me, an aspect of nature.
For example, I might suddenly focus on the small orange clock on my desk, and simply being the practice of noticing this clock. I wll look at it in full detail: the way the little black hands move slowly and the second hand more quickly, the smooth finish of the orange paint on metal, the chubby alarm button on the top. I’ll just take in this little clock, with all the memories and emotions and feelings and energy and
I use the clock as a bridge.
I turn my attention fully to the clock.
I begin a practice of noticing.
And in this attention, I find myself in Now.
It doesn’t matter what you use as the bridge to Now: a leaf fluttering in the breeze, a stick on the road, an ant making its way across a pile of direct, the woven pattern of your sweater, the many colors in your own hair.
Bring your attention fully to this one thing, as if nothing in the world mattered more.
And you will, as you enter the beauty and grace of Now, that your thought looping has stopped.
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