Turning off your mind is not such a simple thing to do.  Ask anyone and that’s pretty much a no brainer (pardon the pun!).

And why would we want to turn off our minds when we need them so much – to prioritize, to think something through, to brew on things as they happen, to strategize, to figure out what we like, what we don’t like and to answer that eternal question of WHY!

Here’s a couple reasons why I want to turn off my mind at times:

  • To get some sleep for God’s sake.  I can’t sleep if my mind is racing around and that has been my recent struggle with insomnia.  I have also realized in the past day or so that my mind is going so much that even when I’m relaxing, my mind is still racing around like a Ferrari on overdrive.  No wonder I can’t sleep.
  • To think more clearly when I am awake and communicate more concisely
  • For my own general well being and inner peace.

So, now that I have a reason to want to let go of that mind of mine. . . . . and now that I have some incentive after 8 solid hours of sleep that yes, sleep is a needed commodity for dailly well being – the next baby step is letting that mind of mine take a break.

This evening, I’m going out to dinner with two of my favorite people in the world (besides my children of course).  They are my beloved husband’s partner and his wife – who have known me for 30 years and loved my husband dearly.  We frequently reminise about the good old days as well as bring each other up to date on the here and now.  They remember me when . . . . . and it never fails that we all laugh and cry so much (with or without wine flowing) that the next day we’re virtually hung over.

Though we don’t see each other often, the connection is always there and something we all thrive on. 

My point is that I’ve set myself up beautifully to turn off my mind beginning with dinner this evening and I”m so excited to get out of my mind for a while

Here’s today’s questions for you:

  • Do you ever notice how much time you spend in your head?
  • Do you have ANY desire to change that?
  • What, if anything, do you do to “get out of your head”?

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here.  It’s an open forum – all comments are welcome.  Criticisms of mine or other strategies are not acceptable.  We live, we learn . . . and as Maya Angelou says “when we know better, we do better”.  Let’s learn from each other here about what works, what doesn’t and wherever you find yourself on this – 0r anything else I write about – is exactly where you need to be.

2 Responses to “Do YOU Wanna Get Out of Your Mind: I DO!!”

  1. GirlPie Says:

    Sounds like you’re going to have a lovely time with your friends tonight — and I hope it lasts as you come home so you can get the sleep you need.

    You asked if we notice how much time we spend in our heads — I’m in there all day long, all night long too. No desire to change that at all, I like it in there ~ !

    But if you’re meaning that obsessive thinking on something negative or worrying that’s on our minds in a way that prevents sleep, clear thought, directed focus or happiness, I can see your point.

    If I ever get irritated and ‘hung up’ on something that seems to block my best mind, it doesn’t take me too long to know how to snap out of it: I go help someone.

    Like right now, I was just ranting about how someone scolded me for using “OMG!” and called it “unacceptable profanity” and it’s killing me how stupid that is! Pissed me off so much that I knew I had to go click on someone’s blog to read (get into someone else POV) and comment (help in some dopey way.)

    So as soon as I focus on someone else’s needs, my need to circle the toilet bowl of some idiotic comment evaporates and I can get back to my work — which is mostly in my brain — and enjoy it again.

    We can all pivot the direction of what we give our attention to — instead of watering his stupid-ass remark with some of my extra strength Miracle Gro watering, I just pivoted to the shortcut on my desktop that is “CHAR” and came to water these daises and sunflowers over here.

    Done ~ !

    Thanks for the short post — sorry I added a long one ~ ha!

    @TheGirlPie

  2. char Says:

    your analogies and sense of humor really tickle me.

    how smart you are to realize when somethings got your head spun around and then find some other place to focus.

    there are so many ways to take care of ourselves and just as many ways (or more) to look at things!!

    thanks for the reminder and posts of any length are always welcome.

    you inspire me!!

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