The 'Off' Button
A client of mine shared a brilliant practice she had been doing during the week. She has been practicing mindfulness, and learning to be in the present moment. She described being out for a walk and checking in with her thoughts, and when she found they had strayed into the subject of work, she mimed pressing an off button in the air in front of her.
I loved the way she had developed a practice of her own, and the visual and action of pressing the imaginary off button.
This person had come a long way from when I first met her 6 weeks previously, and it was obvious why, she was really walking the walk.
We can all do this really simple but effective practice whenever we find our minds have wandered away from the here and now (remember-no judgment, all minds wander all the time!).
Don't forget how much it matters what we think about - your body doesn't know the difference between a thought and reality, and stressful thoughts create stress in the body. Also, when we are lost in our thoughts we miss out on the good that is in the here and now, and life is too short for that.
"A man is what he thinks about all day long." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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