It's nighttime. You are tossing and turning. Your brain won't shut off. Or you are in a meeting or deep conversation but your mind is spinning you away from the topic at hand. These moments highlight how often we spend in our brains. Brains are a good thing of course. They tell us if a traffic light is red, they remind us to walk one foot at a time and they recognise the faces of co-workers. But it's not up to our brains to make our lives better, they are only part of the mechanics of our body, they are not the motherboard. The energy centre of the mind lives beyond the physical boundaries of our bodies. It is expansive, unlimited, free. While the Brain is like a tightly wound ball of string that seems to follow a pattern and then returns in circles, the mind is outer space - endless, open.
Practice spending time in your mind through mindfulness techniques. Wherever you are sitting, imagine the items around you are alive. Feel the energy they give off. If people or animals cross your path, watch their movement, imagine their breath. Focus your energy on the very moment at hand and on how lucky you are to be in this moment, in this space, surrounded by these items and living creatures.
Do you struggle with "getting out of your head"?
What do you practice to spend time in the expansive mind?