Today appears to be shaping up to be a headless-chicken kind of a day—the kind of hair-on-fire freak-out day that has me running around in a frenzy screaming for help. So much to do, so little time, so much to think about, where to begin?
My mind yanks me around by the burning hair and demands decisions—not my strong suit under the best of conditions—at least not on demand. I need time to think about things. I’ve noticed that if I think long enough, sometimes the problem disappears itself. I’m not sure if this is a result of procrastination, or if it wasn’t worth thinking about in the first place. Whatever. Today is just one of those days, and I wish it would go away.
It’s not an actual, serious crisis sort of day except to the extent that I have made it so in my head. A seed planted in my mind has suddenly grown out of control and threatens to strangle the life out of me. Jack and the Beanstalk are out to get me.
It makes me wonder about the world that lives in my head, an entire universe of my own making that cohabits with others on the planet just like me–family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, strangers—who live within the world of their own personal creation. Each one of us a universe unto ourselves, each the same, each so very different.
We decide what to think and believe, and we form opinions based upon those decisions, sometimes based on fact, sometimes on fantasy. We live our lives according to the choices we have made unless, or until something convinces us to change our minds. Free will is a wonderous thing until it clashes with the free will of others. Let the games begin.
Sometimes when I get a little tangled in the overgrowth of my mind, it gets confusing and my knee-jerk reaction is to get out of Dodge and head for the hills. Or go home to sit, suck my thumb, and stare into space for a spell until it dawns on me that there is a better way to deal with my creative mind imaginings than to invite chaos to reign. It’s called meditation. Ahh. Blessed relief.
Obviously, I cannot control what goes on in the universe created in the head of another, but I certainly have the power to choose the thoughts that I allow to roam around in my own head. I can stop long enough to evaluate the contents of my mind and decide if living life in hair-on-fire mode is to my liking, or if I am willing to allow overgrown beanstalks to take over my world.
In my personally designed universe, the pathway that leads from chaotic insanity to the oasis of the calming, peaceful presence of the Soul is my willingness to be willing to seek another way, a better way of living within the world of my mind.
There are Great Teachers, unseen Wise Ones who have traveled the path long before us, ever ready to guide and assist as we travel the rocky road that will lead us safely to the place where they dwell in peace. Though we may encounter countless universes along the way, we will discover that in the end, we are one world, one mind, one heart. May my universe join with all others in the love of the One.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).