The “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
In the old days, before meditation, if someone would have told me “you have lost your mind” I would have been upset. Today, if someone told me “you have lost your mind” I would be excited and thank him or her for noticing. We spend so much time in our lives in our minds – we are thinking about the past or wondering about the future and we miss out on living in the present moment.
We only have NOW, this present moment. My goal is to get out of my mind, to put more space between my thoughts. One of the ways that I lose track of time and there is more space between my thoughts is when I am involved in the creative process of painting or quilting. I truly have lost my mind and I don’t think about the past or the future; I am engrossed in what I am doing and am living in the present moment.
The other way that I get more space between my thoughts and into a place known as the "gap" is with my daily meditation process. I still have thoughts during meditation, we all do, but I get more space between my thoughts during that stillness and silence. And the best part is that since developing a daily meditation practice, the gaps between my thoughts after meditation is much greater because of the daily exercise of the mind.
What do you do where you lose track of time and lose your mind?
How could you live more in the present moment?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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