What keeps you uptight, the clock or the mind?

This week I’ve had several people spontaneous share with me that they wake up in the middle of the night or early morning in total anxiety or panic and look at the clock. Soon as they look at the time, the mind starts winding itself up and the mental checklists begin.

The tone of the day begins with a panic, anxiety, exhaustion and mental chatter. It is one thing if you have an important flight to catch. It is another thing if this becomes a consistent habit.

My sense is they are not alone in this pattern in modern day society. It feels as if this is the norm for most. No one really questions it, everyone agrees with it or finds excuses to keep it alive. An important factor is to realize each person has a choice.

First step is slowing down to become aware of what is going on inside of you. This is something that people tend to fear. If they go Soul searching, what will emerge from within the darkness? The real question is, can you afford not to slow down and realize what is going on underneath the panic or restlessness?Over a long period, the body will go through wear and tear quicker and faster.

Is getting up this way and looking at the clock benefiting your rejuvenation and peacefulness? If you find yourself relating to this type of pattern, ask yourself if you are ready and willing to take action to bring change. Experiment with meditation and breathing exercises. A long walk in nature or nice long swim helps. Anything that will help you relax and let go. Take a deep look at the fears, anxieties and worries that have a grip on you. Find out who or what has more influence over you and your habits.

Our real Self, Soul or Consciousness is peace, spacious, still and always present. We can return to this anytime we choose. It is a quiet spaciousness inside that is already aware. It is already awake. When you look at the breathtaking beauty of a sunset, a stillness washes over you. Or if you look at the ocean at sunrise there is a spaciousness that you can feel. In those moments, if you notice, you don’ t have to try so hard to tune into the silent awareness within. Nature reminds us of what is already within us. The mind may give lists longer than the great wall of China- to tell you otherwise.

Here are a few questions to reflect on:

  • How does time influence you, your day and choices?
  • In which way do you set the tone for your day?
  • Does your mind have more control over you than realize?
  • When do you take the time to be away from the clock,
    electronic items, work related things?
  • How often do you spend time in nature?
  • In silence or meditation?