One of my favourite quotations is this: “Education is the process of learning more and more about less and less until we know a lot about nothing.” (I’m sorry I can’t find the reference of the author of this quote for you).
So many times our minds want to know who said this/that, why did they say it, is it truth/lies – and for what? If it will change what you are going to do in the moment (or soon) – then you may benefit from knowing some of these details. Often, however, it will not change what you are doing or going to do at all. Yet the mind loves getting lost in detail. Then it can blame, judge, criticize or correct – and what a joy that can bring (short term) – or it can bring frustration in the short or long term. Yet the mind wants to know (it’s part of the ego-mind we have developed over time) – which is always referencing itself compared with others and has many opinions about everything. And what wasted mental energy this usually is! This over-thinking can lead to sleep concerns/insomnia, heart disease, and/or emotional breakdowns.
The quotation reminds us that we want to understand the most minute details of many things. So much so that we often forget the joy and wonder of the overall thing! Your child may be speaking with you about the details of their day and your mind may be caught up in asking – “did you do your homework?” The joy of the basic interaction with your child is lost in that moment. Or you may be taking a walk and thinking about the movie you are hoping to watch when you get home – missing the pleasure of the air you are breathing and the comfort of your feet touching the earth.
This is where the phrase “losing the forest for the trees” comes from. As we have tried to condition our minds to be ready for the next thing in life, we often lose the blessing of this moment we are in. Some people’s minds are so clever that they will convince themselves that if they don’t keep thinking about the next task, they will certainly forget it. And they might. So take a quick note – most people are carrying cellphones today so this can be very simple. And get back into the moment. Multitasking does not allow for focused anything, although many people feel happy about “saving time” by doing several things at once. Multitasking takes away from the full Presence in any/each individual task.
So allow your focus to be on the task at hand. Pay full attention to it. This will strengthen your mind and overall memory. It will also bring much more enjoyment to each activity. This may be easier to do at some times than others. For example, if you have 2 children trying to get your attention at once. You can still focus your attention on this task alone. You might notice in such a situation you are also thinking of calling your best friend to check on their health, or thinking about what to make for dinner. Why? Because if your mind is busy, it will look for other ways to keep busy – even with things that are not important in a particular moment. If your mind is seeking peace, it will also look for ways to find this.
A peaceful mind brings/allows clear thinking. Take a few moments in each day to allow this peace into your mind by making a conscious effort to do so. Listening to music, taking a bath or focusing on only one single task at a time can be so useful to getting to this place. And you deserve peace and the clarity that comes with it!
If you find that you are unable to get to the place of a peaceful mind, do contact me. I help people overcome repetitive (non-helpful) thought patterns, health conditions, emotions and feelings that keep them from finding peace. A peaceful mind opens a space for deeper healing in all areas of life.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-920-8975. Have a peaceful evening.