When is the last time you walked by a homeless individual and secretly thought to yourself that you were so glad that human being was not you? Even worse, if they are mumbling long streams of undecipherable words strung together by expletives, perhaps you gave them a wide berth. They seem to have lost their mind somewhere in the pain, memories, or chemical warfare and they are left undesirable, unpredictable and unpleasant.
We call them mentally unstable. They seem to search for something they can’t find, and if they do, they instantly begin the search again.
The mentally ill often live a life of turmoil and isolation. However, I have noticed within myself and countless others, some similarities with our minds that can be disturbing. Those seen on the streets are sometimes men and women just like you and I who forgot to pull the curtain on their ludicrous thoughts, or just don’t care who “sees” them anymore. Their minds seem out of control with obsessive thoughts and fears while they remain highly intelligent in various disciplines of science, mathematics or history.
How Well Does Your Mind Serve You?
- Have you noticed that you mumble to yourself about other people, their behavior, what you think of the rain etc? Perhaps you don’t verbalize your thoughts.
- Do you find yourself worrying about the same issues almost daily, if not hourly?
- Are you content to be quiet and still or do you need the more sophisticated diversions and stimulation – in your case maybe you have a TV, iPod or laptop?
- Does your mind always tell you the truth about what others think about you?
- Do you wonder at times if people were just talking about you behind your back, or if the driver in the car behind you is talking to her passenger about you?
The street people are called paranoid, what’s your label?
- Can you ever find an escape from your thoughts or do you need a drink after work or a joint to set a new mood? At least you are not sharing a needle, so I it’s a more sane approach, and less risky.
Losing your mind, as presented in this series of articles can be refreshing, revitalizing and healthy, if you lose it by choice. What you find could signal a transformation, a state of contentment, and at times euphoria.
The key is to know how to lose one’s mind by conscious choice; how to empty your thought generator long enough to experience your real self, rather than replacing the pain and anguish for an escape into non-reality.
Your mind, which in fact is best defined as craziness, can mislead you and cause you undue suffering. The unconscious mind injures relationships and stymies your ability to become all that you want to be. And the unconscious mind, without the normal control panel set properly, will appear to the world to be insane.
I propose there is a place for losing one’s mind and finding the inner tranquility of a presence more vast, more intelligent, more stable than anything our “right mind” could conceive. Each Monday, for the next 4 weeks we will address this topic and offer practical ways to lose your mind and find yourself. You won’t appear mad, or lose your job! In fact, you will excel and become highly proficient at the things you decide to do, because of the renewed focus and energy. Life begins to reveal new dimensions when you have the awareness to see them. I invite you to join me for the journey and share your thoughts and experiences along the way.
At the very least, you will see the homeless (not to imply that all that are homeless are insane) or “insane” with a new perspective that could change the way you feel when you walk by them or they sit next to you on the commuter train.
Here are some highlights of the weeks to come:
Help! I Need To Lose My Mind: How to begin a conscious process of seeing life anew.
Help! My Mind Is Back: How to allow a gentle process (or awakening) of consciousness in you.
Five Sure Fire Signs To Be Sure You Lost Your Mind: What does awakening, awareness or consciousness “feel” like?
How Will My Lost Mind Save My Relationships? : Allowing your new life to penetrate what matters to you most.
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In The Grace of the Moment,
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