Tuesday, October 5, 2010
My mind refused to be silenced. Though I repeated, "Breathe in. Breathe out," it would not quiet down. Thoughts of conflicts, of my to do list, of the rest of the day, judgments about myself and others, even what I would write about it eventually buzzed in my skull.
"Let it go," I suggested.
"BE QUIET," I ordered.
And still there was only noise.
I sent blessings of well being to my friends and my family. I blessed myself. I breathed in. I breathed out.
All through me ran a stream of unhappiness, of judgment and of inertia.
And then I decided that all of that, all that negativity was a choice I was making. (I've been reading Sylvia Bornstein's "Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.") And wasn't it the most self-indulgent kind of choice? So, instead I chose to let it all go, to enjoy what I have, to lighten my load.
After 20 minutes of struggle I finally felt at peace. I opened my eyes, breathed in deeply and hung some laundry on the line.