Thinking has become the answer to every problem. It has come to define us as humans. It is considered our greatest ability. I think, therefore I am. No think. No am.
But is it really so important that we need to do it all the time? What about if we kept it as a wonderful ability and used it appropriately rather than left it switched on and ruminating all the time? Do you find yourself thinking about something unrelated when doing a task that requires undivided attention.I don’t think Black Caviar thought about much but achieved a lot. OK, I accept that you are not a horse but you get my point.
An alternative to thinking is simply being aware. Roger Federer seems to get by with a lot of awareness and some thinking. He seems to focus entirely on the ball and not be distracted by internal dialogue or external spectators. So where is the switch to turn off your thinking? It’s all around you. If you focus on anything around you and simply be aware, your thinking will slow down. It can come back in an instant. You don’t need to have an opinion about everything. You could just be observing or listening without an opinion. Too early to have one.
Next time someone speaks to you, try just being aware without having a conversation with yourself or looking for anything. Just be open. Listen and observe. Really listen and really observe. If thoughts enter your head, let them leave. Keep focusing. Try it.
Maybe even try driving your car with 100% attention. No talking. No hands free telephone conversations. Just 100% attention.
Let me know how you go.