Getting Some Headspace
On average, we think a minimum of 50,000 thoughts a day. That’s 2,083 an hour or 34 thoughts a minute, which means that every two seconds a new concept takes center stage in our mind and has our undivided attention…for its two-second moment of glory before being replaced by yet another thought.
The thinking process. Such an intricately designed yet habitually practiced phenomenon. Because of its commonness, I realize that its significance is often overlooked in my life. But as I stop to consider the importance of my thought process, I find that perhaps considering my thinking patterns regularly is an act in which I owe myself, and my surrounding community.
Consider this: every day we must make thousands of decisions, which have a direct impact on our personal lives, whether momentary or eternal. And not only are our personal lives affected, but more often than not our decisions impact our community and the world at large.
When viewed in this light, it is a bit worrisome that I rarely take note of the majority of my brain activity. From unconscious breathing and movement to intentional derivation of ideas and beliefs, I often forget to consider that my mind is constructing my world view and impacting society in the process.
The notion that our mind and our sense of self play such an integral role in the bigger picture each and every moment is rather extraordinary. Perhaps we should consider how to ensure our thoughts and decisions will positively affect the world in which we live.
What we need is mindfulness. With practice, mindfulness of our thoughts is possible. Effective research led me to discover a life-changing meditation guru readily available via phone app. Andy Puddicombe, the voice of Headspace, provides calm and comforting guidance through 10-minute meditative sessions, teaching us how to focus on unusual aspects of our thoughts in an effort to grow our skill of reflective thoughtfulness—to develop our mindfulness. It was through his guided assistance that I learned to re-program my thought process to habitually accommodate moments of reflection, allowing me to grow a deeper sense of myself in play with the world around me.
From my practice, it became apparent that meditation doesn’t make us stop thinking thoughts; however, it does allow us to recognize our thought patterns and to grow mindful of one of our most unique qualities as humans: our ability to analyze and consider ourselves in the context of our world. And, after all, that’s what (re)visioning is all about.
Written by Kristin Agnes