Many years ago when I was seeing a therapist to help me through my divorce, this was one of her favorite ways to get me to quiet my mind. I hated it. I hated having to sit there with my eyes closed, concentrating on stilling my mind. I hated having to fight past those obnoxious thoughts that were speaking the loudest. Those ones were easy to deal with. Those ones didn’t hold any value to them. They were just the white noise in my brain that kept the quiet ones hidden and hushed. Thoughts such as what to make for dinner. Or if I should vacuum. Or what would happen if I just didn’t do the laundry today. All the things I could see in front of me when my eyes were open.
But closing my eyes was more difficult for me. It was like my brain went to a different place. When I shut out the visual stimulations of my world, my brain reacted differently. It took on what looked like a freeway in rush hour traffic. Thoughts running every which way. Scattered. No direction really. Just running rampant through my brain.
Count to 10 as you take a breath in.
Count to 10 as you exhale.
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