“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In his book Wisdom 2.0, Soren Gordhamer explores a concept he calls cup mind.
The mind, he explains, can be like a cup or the ocean. When you place a drop of blue dye in a cup, the entire contents may change color, whereas when you place that same drop in the ocean, it barely has an impact.
Our thoughts and feelings can affect our minds similarly. They can completely consume us and alter our entire experience of a given day; or, if we create enough mental space, they can be a part of our experience that we can notice, sit with, and then release.
We can allow anger from the morning to snowball in the afternoon and evening, or we can recognize it, feel it, then let it go. We can obsess over everything we think we did wrong or want to do differently, or we can recognize the stress and worry, move beyond them, and then decide to see things from a different angle.
Today if your mind gets overwhelming, ask yourself: What can I do to create some space? Then do it: Take a walk, practice deep breathing, or simply sit in stillness.
We are always going to think and feel. There is no escape from the mind. Whether or not it’s a prison is entirely up to us.
Photo by Wendy Piersall