Thoughts as traffic.
Say you are out in the countryside, sitting on a wall by the road, looking at a pleasant scene – fields, mountains, a lake – and a car comes along and whizzes past. Your attention immediately switches to the car. Suppose it’s followed by more cars, a truck, a tractor. Now you are experiencing the traffic rather than the pleasant scene.
The same could happen with your thoughts: you start thinking about something you have to do later, or about something somebody said once when you were driving along a road like this. Soon you are not ‘present’ for the scene anymore – you are lost in thoughts you could be having anywhere.
Well, you can’t stop the traffic but you can get a break from the thoughts. To do that you need to “attach” your awareness to something else like your breathing, your posture, sounds etc. It’s a bit like keeping a dog on a lead so s/he doesn’t go wandering off in all directions. Attaching your awareness in that way allows you to be present for the actual moment you are having. It stops the traffic.
Tuesday 31 March 2020
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