The Lawn Mower
Today I really didn’t feel like mowing the lawn, but I did anyways. By the time I finished mowing the lawn, I felt a lot better about myself, life, and what I was aspiring to be. At one point I was so motivated that I was jogging with the lawn mower instead of slumping down and dragging it around.
How did I do this?
Well I ran into a problem about 3/4ths of the way; my lawn mower decided to cough out and die on me. My first instinct was to check the oil, put in some more gas, and rev it up again. After that failed, I took the bag that collects the grass and emptied it out. Boom. High fives all around.
When I attached the bag back onto the lawn mower, I realized that the lawn mower was lighter, more proficient, and didn’t die for the rest of my time mowing the lawn. It gave me a boost of energy to finish the rest of the job in a really good mood.
Just like how the lawn mower gets cluttered and over-loaded with grass, our minds get cluttered and overloaded with thoughts. With that being said, sometimes we have to unload our thoughts in order to get back on the trail and continue to move forward.
But how do you clear your thoughts?
Meditate my friend. Meditate.
“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”
― George MacDonald
In my sophomore year at VCU, I lived in a house that had an amazing deck, right on campus. One of my favorite things to do during the spring was to enjoy the weather, drink a beer, and people watch.
When people watching, you get to see all the strange things people do; walk in weird ways, have sudden conversations, honk at cars in rage, you name it. Sometimes these interactions seem completely senseless while at other times they seem to make complete sense.
Thought-watching works in a similar way, except it’s all internal.
To start watching your thoughts you must:
1. Be in a relaxed atmosphere
2. Control your breathing in a regular, slow pace
3. Be in a mindset where no judgments are made
Once you feel comfortable with yourself, your breathing, and your welcoming mindset, begin to let your thoughts flow. I personally like to close my eyes. Allow your thoughts to flow for a while and try to observe some kind of pattern of thinking. This may be negative thinking or positive thinking, but it doesn’t matter – just watch your thoughts and do not be judgmental.
Like I stressed in my other blog post on point of view, you must recognize the problem in order to begin the journey for a solution. Once you understand that there is a pattern of thinking that is affecting your well-being, you can begin to let that thinking-pattern go. Just begin to release it, forget the intricacies of how it was affecting you at all. Just let it go, and accept that it has happened.
After doing this exercise, you should feel more like yourself and less worried. It doesn’t have to suddenly motivate you to kick-down doors and get back to pursuing your dreams, but it should clear your head and help you understand that you can move on with your studies, work, and activities.
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
I hope that you’ve begun to understand that your mind is something that you need to maintain in order for it to function to the best of its abilities. Take care of your mind! It controls your spirit, your thoughts, actions, and therefore, results.
Always remember that if you feel pent up, you can internally release and let go of your problems. I’m not saying your problems will disappear, but having a clear mind will help you solve your problems and move forward in any direction that you desire.
I understand that meditation isn’t always the first go-to thing that people do to feel better. What are some other ways to relieve stress that personally work for you? Feel free to comment and remember to feel good!