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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Erana in Wonderland
Sometimes my mind is in a hurry and races along like the White Rabbit eager to get to the next new idea.
The mind is a wonderful thing. It takes us anywhere, anytime and lets us frolic through ideas, memories, fantasies, reflections.
My mind loves to play. It can also overwork and sometimes refuses to shut up like the Mad Hatter.
When I daydream, my mind flits from thought to thought as if I were a busy bee pausing at each mind flower to sample its nectar.
As my mind wanders, it discovers, it lingers, and it bolts. Some thoughts enter and leave right away. “Hmm, that’s interesting.” “Don’t go there…you know what happens there.” Others are obsessive and won’t let go. “Why did he do that? When will I ever learn?”
My mind takes me places where I laugh, cry, and get mad.
I have states of mind that can spiral me into fear, dread, and anger or joy and contentment. My mind conjures up faces, conversations, replays and even re-records events as they happened and as I wish they had happened. “Why didn’t I say.”
My mind acts like a child: “Go ahead, try it. Have fun!” Like an adult: “Are you crazy? Do you know what will happen if you do that?”Like the Queen of Hearts, my mind becomes tyrannical as it imagines “off with my head.”
Sometimes I over think, analyze to the nth degree, and put myself in a riddle like the Cheshire Cat. Sometimes I misconstrue, think it’s one thing when it’s not that at all.
Mind tricks and mind games can be misleading and create doubt and distrust. I have to catch myself from going into dark alleys and trying to avoid trouble I’m creating.
I’ve tried mind control. “Stop thinking about it.” Sometimes it works. Other times the mind has a will of its own and refuses to be corralled. It mostly wants to be untethered and act on its own accord.
It’s interesting and often delightful to let it wander, play with ideas as if they were friends, and explore new thoughts.
When I let my mind be free, I often discover creative ways of seeing things. It helps me problem solve and reframe situations and issues.
I am mind “full,” too much at times, and even capricious. When I let it rest, it takes time out for awhile during meditation, a sort of spa for the mind to get refreshed and start anew.
During meditation, I need to protect my mind from reality, the lists, tasks, chores of everyday life. We both need a break.
The rewards for taking a mind break often lead me to inspiration and creative breakthroughs. Today I took a mind break.
Erana Leiken, principal of Tiger Marketing, is a marketing and PR consultant and freelance writer. She also teaches communication courses at the University of Phoenix and Web marketing and interactive content for the Art Institute of Phoenix.
Formerly an NBC reporter, magazine editor, and Web business writer, she is writing creative nonfiction and doing Web consulting. See www.tigermarketing.com.