Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author
Human beings spend a lot of timeÂ fretting,Â regretting and should-ing.Â At any given moment, ourÂ brain acts like a television setÂ with channels worry about the future, ruminate aboutÂ the past,Â andÂ fight the present.Â Â We serve ourselves well toÂ investigateÂ “What is happening” in our brainÂ so we can choose the channel we want to place our vivid focus.
- Sit quietly for one minute as you allow your inner commentaryÂ (i.e., the thoughts, emotions, judgments, etc.Â in your brain)Â toÂ enter into your awareness.
- Breathe slowly as you welcome the appearance ofÂ eachÂ thought or feeling or urge or sensation…Â noticingÂ each “channel” as ifÂ you’ve never observed themÂ before.
- Breathe deeply as you allow them to becomeÂ clear and distinct as you observe themÂ throughÂ your attentiveÂ mind.
- Smile gently to yourself in appreciation for your awareness of the channel(s ) you are watching right now.
- If appropriate, feel free to “switch channels” to something you would preferÂ to watch… because what we attend to grows!
Â© Copyright 2014 Maria Hunt, Ph.D.