Life is a roller coaster when you’re always in your headspace. Your mind is constantly judging things as good or bad, clinging to the things it likes and resisting the things it doesn’t. Additionally, your mind wants to know things. That is what it is designed to do. It’s always looking for the next unknown moment and trying to project knowledge – any knowledge – into it, to make it appear known. The unknown freaks your mind out. It needs to know in order to feel like it has control.
But you cannot know the future. It is the great unknown. No matter how much you try to plan and predict what’s going to happen, things always happen differently. If you’re completely honest with yourself, you’ll notice that you can’t even predict tomorrow, let alone the rest of your life. Yet, your mind will lead you to try, because that is how it operates. As long as you live life through the mental sense, you cannot escape this dynamic. What you can do, however, is come out of your mind altogether and experience life from a place of non-judgment and non-reactivity, that is, the grounded presence of your body.
Notice the next time you’re taking a shower, how your mind is already thinking about the next thing to do. It is always seeking to fill the void of the unknown with the known. Refocus your attention on the water hitting your head and flowing down your body, and how it makes you feel. Notice the instant relief you get from not having to figure out the next unknown moment. Now imagine bringing this level of presence to everything you do all day long, how much easier, simpler, and ultimately, joyful life gets when you’re not constantly lost in thought. By the end of this course you will develop a practice for you to be able to do just that. Keep going, you’re doing great!