Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal.
— Eckhart Tolle
So much for mindfulness. Yesterday I wrote a short post, and saved it, but didn’t think to publish it. That is known in scientific circles as the “absence of mindfulness”. It was a miracle that the thinking blog found me today, which appeared to be exactly what I needed… until I found myself having optical seizures. (Which just fuels my theory that too much thinking is painful.)
So am I supposed to think or not? Becoming brain-dead certainly isn’t the answer.
To be mindful is to be aware of what you are experiencing in the present moment. It is about observing the emotions and feelings you are experiencing, and being aware of the thoughts fluttering into your mind. The point is not to stop your mind from thinking, rather to stop your mind from thinking uncontrollably.