This is my first blog post and I see how my mind wants to dance around and throw poo-poo.
“Josh Pais, you don’t really know what a blog is, much less how to write one. Who are you to…” Blah blah blah.
When my mind starts throwing crap in the fan, I’m faced with two options.
- Crinkle my eyebrows and delve into a juicy mind fuck. Then, I can just sit back and listen to all my mind chatter and believe every seductive, destructive word of it. Next, my body sensations will start to justify the thoughts. (Translation? I start physically feeling awful.)
- Finally, I’ll come to the inevitable conclusion that everyone comes to when they listen to their thoughts long enough: “I, in fact, do suck.”
- Keep creating. When I get uncomfortable, all I have to do is feel my body sensations. I don’t have to go into a mentally induced drama.
- And if I do slip into dramaville for a moment, as soon as I’m aware of it, I can stop, breathe, return to feeling the sensations in my body, be aware of my immediate environment and come back to this moment.
Right now, option two has won. I’m still writing the blog post even though my mind says I don’t know what the heck I’m doing and my body sensations feel like I’m riding Spacemountain at Disneyworld.
So, chances are, if you’re reading this post, you’re a creator. You’re probably an actor or entrepreneur. That being the case, staying present is essential for your success. Please remember, these 2 options are always available to you when your minds starts going on overdrive. And yes, I suggest Option Two.
It’s crucial for all of us to catch our minds when they start chattering about how we’re going to screw something up. This is especially true in audition situations (or selling/presentation situations for entrepreneurs).
This may seem like an odd suggestion but…
I propose that you expect your mind to come up with all kinds of crap. Expect your mind to rant about why you’re not going to get the part and how you’re going to blow the audition. Just expect it. This way if it happens you won’t be surprised.
Important note: Do not waste precious time attempting to change your thoughts. Or “think positive” or anything else that just pulls you deeper and deeper into a mind F. (That F stands for fuck – but I don’t think it’s good to have fuck written so many times in my first blog post.)
Here’s all you have to do..
As soon as you realize that the ol’ mental crapper has kicked in and is spewing caca talk, just shift your attention back into your breath, your body, and your immediate environment.
Take a look around. Notice the colors, textures, light quality. Feel your feet on the earth. Feel the air against your skin. Breathe.
That’s it. It’s that simple. Your creativity, aliveness and brilliance flourish when you’re engaged in the present moment. And it’s always your body, not your thoughts that are the pathway to the moment
So, come on…
I say from this day forth we make a vow to stop wasting our glorious lives indulging in mind generated poo poo. All we have to do is catch it the moment it starts and not dive in the pool. Just come back. After all, we have a planet to entertain and heal.
Now, look at this. I’ve officially written my first blog post. (Hooray Option 2!) If you’re still reading this, thank you. Means a lot. And actually, I’d love to hear what you think about the poo-poo mind.