I felt really stirred by the words ‘keeping yourself occupied’ as it really seemed to be the opposite action a person should take in some cases. My mother was a great one for getting busy when she didn’t want to feel things and often ended up stuffing things down into the body. Movement without authentic feeling is more of a hindrance. While the above inspirational message isn’t wrong, it does take training to pivot your thinking and control your thoughts. What stirred me was that these words without the understanding behind them could potentially create more of ‘that which isn’t wanted’.
In my experience, over thinking means you’ve been forgetting to pause and breathe. There is an art to slowing down and there is magic that happens when we do. Take a moment now, breathe in…breathe out. Soften just for a moment, notice the inside and the outside of you body. Breathe in, filling your body fully. Notice what is waking up. Exhale slowly, notice the body as it settles. Where in the body are you tense? The exhale will show you. It only takes the intention to pause, to notice the internal speed you have been living.
Even the well-practiced forget to pause at times, and it can feel like they have run into an internal brick wall once they do. This could be because busyness is wired into our western culture. We get caught up in the speed at which the outer world moves and match ourselves thus. Slowing down is a radical act of rebellion towards what we have been taught; and it has the potential to change everything.
The answer to taming the over thinking mind lays in the breath. It returns you to the truth and amplifies where you are in any given moment. What you find isn’t always beautiful, but it is authentic and telling. Where you are now isn’t where you will always be, and minor and major shifts will happen once you slow down.
The world doesn’t need more busyness. Breathe in, and fill your body with trust. Ask yourself how you feel, what is needed now. Breathe out and surrender into the moment, prepare to listen for the answers. From there you can begin to take the steps that are in front of you and that is a powerful way to keep occupied.