If my super-sweet, wonderful yoga instructor had ANY idea how wildly my mind was racing during meditation yesterday she probably would have sent me to the storage closet just to protect the class from my jittery vibes. The more I tried to reel it in..the further my mind veered off course. My body was present, laying right there on that rubbery mat, but my mind was taking a tour of every crisis (real or potential) not just in my life- but across the entire globe. This lovely teacher had painstakingly crafted such an idyllic mental setting of serenity and openness but my mind just reared up and trampled straight across it like a stallion with its tail on fire. What an agonizing 15 minutes that was as I tried in vain to lasso my runaway thoughts.
It just so happened that my husband and I also had a salsa class later in the evening. The music was loud, the steps were new and unlike during yoga, I had no choice but to stay completely focused on the task at hand. The quick-pace of the lesson with it’s uplifting latin music and complex routines became a surprising refuge, a blessed source of relief, the place where I was finally able to park and unpack my cluttered mind.
Which just goes to prove one thing..SOMETIMES when you are stressed out and consumed with worries..actively trying to calm and restrain your thoughts may truly do nothing but exacerbate the problem. You may actually need to engage in a really stimulating activity to kick your brain out of its rut and re-focus on something else.
It’s kind of like getting a puppy to quit gnawing the leg off your favorite chair..You can try to convince the dog to let go, or just offer him a juicy new bone to chew on instead!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”