Just send it down the river

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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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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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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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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.

Give me a break, give me a break..

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—> “Life is too stressful.”

—> “Where’s the joy?”

—> “Why can’t I be perfect?”

—> “I’m a failure. Why do I keep failing?”

—> “I can never do this. I quit.”


Ever have thoughts like these?

Ever feel like this?

Well I think I may have one possible solution for you. (and me as well!)

And that solution is this:

GIVE YOURSELF A DAMN BREAK


There.

I said it!

Let your hair down.

Set aside some time (on your calendar even!) and just rest.

We all need rest.

And most likely, if you’re reading this right now, you’ve been too hard on yourself. (Beating yourself up, perhaps.)

Maybe you’re doing way too much. You’re overwhelmed.

You’ve been going, going, going. Non-stop.

You feel out of control.

And you know what?

It’s time to give yourself a break.

Think about something you want to do SO badly, but you never “have the time.”

    Maybe it’s:

  • Finally getting that pedicure.
  • Getting your hair styled.
  • Going for a massage.
  • Taking a bubble bath (wine, anyone?!)
  • Making time to shave them legs! (I know I put this off b/c of time crunch, but it feels so nice to be cleanly shaven. Don’t skip out anymore!)
  • Meditation.
  • Going for a walk, breathing in all the fresh morning air.

Whatever the case, make time for yourself. This is also called self-care

You may be a mommy, a wife, a busy student, or you might just work such crazy hours you feel you don’t even have enough time in the day for the ‘important tasks.’

Well I’m here to tell you that you’ll never have the time unless you make the time.

Create amazing time with yourself. Care for yourself.

You’ll feel better. You’ll feel happier. You’ll be more fun to be around.

Win the day.

Take a time-out.

Buy a treat. And eat it. Have it all to yourself. And no sharing! (This is your time.)

Take a breather. And stop taking life so seriously.

There’s beauty everywhere. Choose to see it today.

I love you forever and always,
❤ Brittany