Just send it down the river

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Photo Credit: lifescapesolutions.com

So as I sat down this morning, on the patio chair, I couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by my thoughts.

Thoughts about this person I know kept coming into my mind. This person keeps messaging me over and over without allowing me time to respond back.

I feel a bit frustrated and upset about this. It’s really annoying to me.

Even the thought of this person right now makes me cringe.

So as I sat in my chair this morning, in silent meditation – the sun coming up, peeking its little rays of light through the trees – I had a realization.

And with that realization was this:

I have the choice to allow thoughts to come in to my mind.
Stay in my mind.
To give time & energy to them.
And to let them pass on freely because I choose for them to.

So as I sat, (journal in hand,) my mind immediately pictured a river.

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Photo Credit: http://www.cebrower.com

A river that’s long.

And winding.

Peaceful. Tranquil. Calm.

And at the end of that river, a waterfall.

Huge. Strong. Flowing.

I suddenly got a vision.

That vision was this: that I can allow my thoughts to pass out of my brain, out of my mind, and into the river.

And that my thought can wind down, down, & down the flowing stream.

And the images of the thought, the sounds of the thought, flowing along with it.

Well let’s test this out. My thought was of this woman.

She and her short, curly hair.

Blabbering on and on about how she needs this and needs that.

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Photo Credit: Genius.com

How she is trying to get me to respond to her.

Her voice chattering in my mind.

And her face. I see her so vividly.

Her mouth moving.

Her head bobbing around.

Eyes wide. Intense.

So naturally, I decided to put her in the river.

I was honestly quite tired of having her in my mind, in my head.

So I tossed her in the river and allowed her to just drift down and down.

Her head bobbing in the water. Not drowning, just floating around.

And as she drifted further down the stream, her voice became ever so distant.

Quieter and quieter as she moved on down that river.

Until..

“Ahhh!!!” she screamed.

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Photo Credit: beforethethronegr.wordpress.com

I smiled. In fact, I think I giggled a little under my breath. 😉

Then, “splash!”

I laugh out loud. “Haha! The waterfall.”

And off she fell.


And my mind? Free once again.

At last.

Meditation can be such a great tool.

And I’m growing more fond of it daily.


Now to you, the reader: Do YOU meditate? If so, perhaps this tool could be ever so useful for you!

The next time you have some chatterbox in your head, or an obsessive thought that keeps creeping in to the corners of your mind, try this out for yourself:

Just put the thought or the situation into a canoe.

And send it down the river.

Allow that that thought – that canoe – to just wind down the river, ever so gently.

Calmly. Peacefully.

(We don’t want to hurt it on purpose.)

We’ll just allow nature to do it’s thing.

We’ll allow it to find itself struggling against the raging waters.

And to fall. Hard.

To splash and crash into the violent waters below.

To disappear into the atmosphere as air.

So that now it’s just you.

Free to just be.

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