mind game – update

Ripple-EffectLast evening, Caverly Morgan and I talked about anxiety and self-love. She is an introspective, thoughtful woman with a Zen monastic background, and works with teens in the Portland, Oregon schools. Check out her website onehouseofpeace.org. She had some suggestions about working with the overactive nighttime mind which I decided to try out, along with the self-reminders I posted yesterday.

When I went to bed and relaxed my body, as usual, the mind fired up. I worked with sensing the feelings that underlie and precipitate thought, and while doing this, noticed just how strident the mind was. With curiosity, I queried, “Why are you so loud?” The answer: “I don’t feel heard.”

One of my companions over the last nine years has been a volume of daily readings called The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. In one entry, he describes how Aboriginal Australian people pay their respects when they come upon each other in the bush. Their greeting is, “I see you.” In this vein of deep love, understanding, and union, I responded to the mind by saying, “I hear you.” I repeated this, with love, a number of times. The mind chatter volume immediately dropped. Now I could rest in being, aware of, but not engaged with, the ongoing commentary.

I went on to sense the feelings beneath the chatter, and then, prior even to feelings, bodily sensations, which I invited to soften, and permeated with knowing presence. At some point, filled with gratitude, I dropped off to sleep.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2015
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Filed under Daily reminders, insomnia, mind, Musings, thoughts

2 responses to “mind game – update

  1. Arlene Metrick

    Thanks so much for this, Amrita!! I will try it if my mind starts to play its games…maybe it just needs to be heard!! If she had any other thoughts/suggestions about anxiety, I would love to hear them. I have been tracking my anxiety recently…just noticing…and welcoming that “young one” who was never allowed to be seen and it’s been VERY helpful for me. If you want to hear more (after your retreat!), I would be happy for us to talk when you have time…In the meantime, I love your “mind updates”… with love, Arlene

  2. How delightful; this sounds like a very powerful idea. In gratitude, Hariod.

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