Thought. Just drop it
Here’s a non-thought-provoking post from Claire Bell’s new blog fiftyshapesofyoga.com
The beauty of advertising is that people much smarter than me get paid a fortune to concoct clever catchphrases I can pinch for my yoga classes.
All I have to do is tweak them a bit and I sound as wise and deep as Obi Wan Knobi.
Or maybe even a Zen monk.
And if it helps other people, that’s even better.
I believe in whatever works.
Take Nike’s mantra, for example:
“Just do it.”
It’s short. It’s simple. It’s Zen. It’s something Yoda would say.
And it works. Nike sells lots of shoes.
With a little adjustment, it also calms a restless mind.
Most of us, unless we’re Obi Wan Knobi, or Yoda, or a Zen monk, struggle with a day-long cascade of thoughts.
Scientists say we have 60,000 thoughts a day.
That’s why deep sleep is nice. It gives us a rest from the mind’s blather.
Although some thinking is useful, such as planning a trip, organising a meeting or navigating the streets, most thought is repetitive, obsessive and useless.
Therefore, it helps to abandon thought most of the time.
Lately, I’ve found a way to deal with what Eckhart Tolle describes as ”the voice in your head that never stops speaking.”
So thanks impersonal monolithic corporation, I’ve adapted your slogan into a cool mantra to ease an anxious mind.
Here’s what to do with a pesky thought:
“Just drop it.”
Let it go. Like a hot coal.
Wave it good-bye.
In my experience, this works.
Sound too simple? That’s your suspicious mind finding reasons to keep itself relevant.
Just do it.
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About the author
Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.