Moment by Moment Awareness
Whatever the problem, the solution is not what you think it is.
When was the last time you thought of something that bothered you? Perhaps a financial concern, a business or relationship issue, what's happening in the world today or your own personal dilemma. All these worrisome thoughts can easily turn into anxiety if you get too many of them.
This is the state of overthinking which most of us experience. We get trapped in our minds and it turns into a prison. Thinking, thinking, thinking... Things that happened, things that may happen... There's no rest when we're trapped in this realm. But there is a way to break out of it, and we want to break out of it because, when we do, something wonderful happens.
Instead of focusing on the content of our thinking, on how to manipulate it and turn the thoughts into positive ones, we can become present.
There are many ways to achieve this: deep breathing, mindful meditation, going out in nature - whatever works to get you out of your overthinking state and back into the now, back into the present moment. I find that deep breathing and focusing on the breath work very well for me, as well as listening intently to any sounds. Usually, bringing your attention to any of your senses works well to bring you out of your thoughts and into this moment.
“Become the observer of your thoughts.” ~Eckhart Tolle
When this happens, it becomes like a portal to a different realm. You make the transfer from thought to awareness. In this realm there is peace, even if it's just for a moment.
When you become aware, you're able to observe yourself. You realise that you're thinking or anxious, you realise that you're worried, that you're in this space where you don't want to be. As soon as you realise it, the fact that you realise it means that you've made the transfer.
When you come out of your overthinking mind and being lost in thought, into the present moment, you become aware of the fact that you're thinking and not caught up in the content of your thoughts. Then, somehow magically, all the issues seem to dissolve.
Nothing has changed outwardly, but inwardly, you have found a different reality.
Actually, now is all there really is. All the things that happened before, happened in the now and everything that might possibly happen in the future will happen in the now. There's only now.
When we see this, when we really see it, we wake up and realise: I'm living in an illusion here! This is a complete illusion that feels so real and is stopping me from living life the way I want to.
This is a moment of awareness and we want to have lots of these throughout the day - moments when you catch yourself thinking, you catch yourself being anxious, you catch yourself worrying about something that hasn't happened or remembering something that was unpleasant and therefore reliving it. When you catch yourself doing this, you notice, you wake up from the self-hypnosis, from the psychological drama going on in your mind and become free.
“Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate.” ~Eckhart Tolle
This is what we want, the quantum leap from our overthinking state to this place where you become conscious. Conscious awareness, simply by being present, even if it's only for a second, it means that you're here and not there.
This is the most important thing to get. If we can get this, if we can really get this and practice it, this is life changing. But we can't get it by thinking about it. We need to get it with our inner wisdom.
Notice. Notice what you're doing. Catch yourself thinking and come back to this place right here, where life is really happening, where there's peace and joy and wisdom and clarity and creativity and so many wonderful things. All the wonderful things you need are right here.
“We are here to practice stepping out of thinking.” ~Eckhart Tolle