You know, most of us tend to carry around needless mental burdens that weigh us down.
Perhaps you constantly rehash a past mistake over and over again. Maybe you worry about a problem ceaselessly or you ruminate about a perfectionistic standard for your life that you have been unable to meet such as your weight, your finances or your achievements.
Maybe you beat yourself up over a bad habit or addiction or obsess over a feeling that you’ve been wronged or misunderstood. Perhaps you carry around rigid rules and expectations for yourself and others.
When we carry these mental burdens with us all the time, it’s like carrying weight on your shoulders. It’s exhausting, stressful and makes everything else in life harder.
I’m not suggesting we ignore the hard stuff in life, or stop thinking about the future and solving problems, but it is harmful and detrimental to get stuck in ruminative cycles, just repeating the same old thing in your head over and over again.
In reality that doesn’t help us, it only hinders us.
So today I’m going to invite you to drop just one mental burden you’ve been carrying around that no longer serves you.
So just take a moment now to pick one thing that feels like it has been weighing you down.
And now just considering what part of this thinking pattern is actually useful? Is there a lesson, an insight, a useful nugget of wisdom? If so then taking note of it and taking it with you.
And noting what parts of the mental dialogue are just creating needless heartache, suffering, negativity and anxiety.
Really take a moment here to see and feel the suffering it creates, how it fills you with anger, fear, insecurity or depression or the like. Seeing clearly the cost of carrying this burden.
And resolving to yourself now to drop it. Just give yourself permission to set it down.
Telling yourself it’s okay to let it go.
You can take the learning with you and drop the burden of the rest.
So resolving to disengage from it, to stop buying into it and getting hijacked by it.
It will probably keep coming up in the background of your mind over the coming days as a habit, but simply making a decision now to not keep picking up this mental load.
As you shed this one mental burden, feel the sense of ease and lightness that emerges and know that as you continue to cultivate an unburdened mind you make more space for inner peace, freedom and joy to grow.
Thank you for your practice, friends and thank you for being a part of this community. I’m so grateful to have you here.
With love and respect,