From my New Year’s Resolution, the next couple months I chose to focus on becoming more mindful. I realized my goal was broad and I should break it down into smaller goals. However, I want to approach my way of practice to become more mindful. I’ll call it somewhat like a challenge that is technically small goals but seems less daunting.
“ Sometimes The Worst Place Can Be In Your Own Head ” – Murray Newlands
First Challenge – Listen to a podcast
I chose to use the podcast made by Jay Shetty that I mentioned recently because it made me think differently on how I’ll be thinking in my daily life.
I was taking the transit all the way to school. I stopped myself in my thoughts because I realized I was overthinking about all the things I had to do. I started writing down the most important things I had to do that day and turned off the music I had over my ears. Writing it down did somewhat help but somehow removing the music helped a lot. There wasn’t much I could do being on the skytrain, so for now I can focus on the things I can do.
Another transit event happened. I wanted to stay present and mindful of what’s happening around me so I removed my earphones. A young woman approached me and started to talk to me about my flowery bag. We had a whole conversation about the bag because there was a flower design she loved and some other things before she left for her stop. I wasn’t all in my head and I was just enjoying being in that moment and talking to a stranger about something so lighthearted.
First step is awareness. I’ve been catching myself overthinking lately and it’s been one of the greatest things I can do for myself. It makes me more in control of how I am thinking. I know my pattern before is to let things go out of hand sometimes and it negatively impacts my day. Which does sound very horrible but that was my normal, It didn’t make me feel good. But I wasn’t making any change so nothing better would happen. This week felt completely different, I know this habit isn’t fully formed but I can see this becoming my new normal.
However, it’s completely normal to fall back on those thoughts. But the one thing that should be changing is your need to want this new and better change. This week wasn’t easy at all, challenging yourself and trying to change the way you think takes so much mental work. But I rather do this mental work now than sabotaging myself some days. So I’ll be continuing this way of thinking.
Spotify Link: 3 Techniques to Switch From Overthinking to Thinking Effectively & 4 Ways To Turn That Into Action By Jay Shetty
Apple Podcast: 3 Techniques to Switch From Overthinking to Thinking Effectively & 4 Ways To Turn That Into Action By Jay Shetty
SoundCloud: 3 Techniques to Switch From Overthinking to Thinking Effectively & 4 Ways To Turn That Into Action By Jay Shetty