An unsettled mind is an afraid mind.
An unsettled mind is a direct threat to your peace.
If you fall into the problem finding category of mind habits, you know that when your mind is up in the air on a topic, it will begin to spin, obsess, search, etc.. until it gets the answer it needs. If it is depending on an "answer" in order to settle, it could take awhile and it is possible that there is no answer to be found. During that while, you will feel unrest, unsettled, confused, upset, restless and frustrated. The topic in question will soon consume all of your thoughts causing your mind to become lost inside the confusion.
So what do we do when our mind receives information that worries or upsets it and sets off the domino affect of this mental habit?
It's time to step in. You will need to step into the strong role of the caretaker and give your mind an intervention.
You know the deep pit of despair it will take you into if you ignore it and allow it to set off on it's search for information.
Why does It do this? It Is afraid and trying to stay safe. It thinks if it can somehow figure out the future or uncover information that it does not yet know, then it will have everything that it needs to control and avert disaster.. emotional disaster that is. However, in this quest to avoid emotional disaster, it begins to create the very thing it is attempting to avoid.
Ask yourself, Is my mind doing this for emotional reasons? Is it using its detective, problem solving gifts in the emotional world. Is it trying to meet it's on need for safety? If yes, help get it out of there. How?
Stay with the facts. Set your mind back on the path within the logical world. Keep the Future Room and the People Room and the emotional world off limits to this mind. Help it redirect it's focus on things it knows to be true.. things that are certain or stable.
I personally have this type of mind. I often think I should have pursued a career as a detective or worked for the CIA or something. My mind has a super suspicious nose for emotional danger and because I didn't know how to care for it, has held me in much emotional suffering. Trying to fix the unfixable and solve the unsolvable will drive this mind insane.
It helps me to visualize two paths.
One path goes into a deep ocean. Here there are emotions, instability and unsolvable, uncontrollable constantly changing people and situations. This is incredibly overwhelming to the problem solving mind if it thinks it's supposed to fix, change, and avoid what is in the ocean. Nothing can be solved or stay solved here in the emotional ocean. Your mind will constantly stay unsettled and busy trying to fix unfixable things and control uncontrollable forces here.
The other path stays on stable dry land, where there is clarity and certainty. Here there are fixable things. Once fixed, they stay fixed. Once solved, they stay solved. This is the physical tangible world...not the emotional world.
Yes your mind will always pursue making it's creations even more efficient and constantly improve on them.. but this is healthy. Your mind will thrive in this type of environment. This environment is concrete and non emotional. This is where your mind can change and control things and use it's strength for good.
This is the only path for a problem solving mind. It must stick with the facts and keep it's energy in the physical world. This kind of mind can become very lost, very sick, and very unstable if allowed to go in the ocean for the purpose of fixing it.
I'm not saying that if you have this type of mind, you should never have or show emotions. Emotions are normal and healthy. What I am saying is that your mind shouldn't try to avoid emotions, change, or pain by using its problem solving gifts as a form of control. No matter how smart our mind is, it can never stop, change, or control a force like the ocean, Emotions are coming. Don't run. Don't be afraid. It's just the ocean. It's normal for the tide to come in and sweep us up in it. Just lay on your back and let it float you to your next chapter, with whatever and whoever that may be. Then direct the energy of your problem solving mind on things you can create and control.
ACTIVATORS/CONNECTORS: Have you ever asked yourself..
"How did I get myself into this mess?!!!.. I am so overwhelmed with the work I have created for myself."
You are suffering from a VOGI-
We love to dream big. We have lots of ideas.. and not just any ideas.. BIG ideas. In our imagination we can see how amazing and how awesome seeing this idea come into reality will be. We love how it makes us feel to imagine this.
What we don't have is the ability to realize that to actually pull off one of these grand ideas would take a team of 20 people with various skill sets working around the clock.
But don't try to tell us that!! Oh no!! We will kill ourselves trying to prove to you and everyone else that we CAN do whatever we think and say we can..all by ourselves.
We have to remind ourselves to stop and count the cost. We need a reality check to look at the amount of time and energy this will require.
Stopping and thinking is not our strong point either. We are so swept away by the excitement of the idea that one minute a huge idea pops in our head and by morning we have a website started, a Facebook group created, we've announced our grand plans to all social media platforms, we've secured a business name, etc.. etc.. etc...
It looks amazing in our minds, but very soon the reality of the situation sets in and we feel imprisoned by the work our dreams have created.
Don't suffer any more VOGI'S. Enjoy the dream. Keep dreaming and using your imagination. Dream big things. Enjoy feeling those things are real and true by seeing it in that massive imagination of yours.
Then in your real life.. keep it simple. Stick to things you find fun and easy. Yes, we all know you can do anything you set your mind to. We know you are tenacious. You don't have to prove it to anyone.
Pick the parts of your work that you enjoy and either ditch the rest of it or find someone else to do the parts you either don't enjoy or that don't come naturally to you and the way your mind works.
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Hey, it's me!!..Angie Johnsey. You may have seen me with Valerie Bertinelli on the Today Show being called the "mind coach". I love helping people like you find relief from all of the "crazy making" that our minds can get in to..Did you hear about the Tidy Mind Map? Yep, I'm kind of the personal organizer for your mind. I'm glad you are here.. I have so much to share with you. Pull up a chair, let me help you unwind your mind, and let's hang out.
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