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Sometimes I Drive Myself Crazy.

Sometimes I drive myself crazy.

I drove out into nothingness today. My problem was that my brain came with me. I sometimes find myself in an endless cycle of rumination. Thoughts have energy and that energy has to flow somewhere. Fighting to keep it out of my head, achieves little. In “The Mindful Way through Depression,” authors Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn write, “Sorting things out, and forcing a solution will always seem like the most compelling thing to do … but in fact focusing on these issues in this way is using exactly the wrong tools for the job.” I suggest to many clients that they should step back and switch off. Now there’s almost no mental practice that has more research behind it than meditation: Studies from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, UCLA, Stanford, and UMass, to name a few, are showing the effects of meditation training on brain function and brain structure. Meditation startling benefits is its ability to deactivate the “me centres” of the brain, the areas that are most active, when we’re having self-thoughts related to the self. My advice always is, if you cannot afford 10 minutes for daily Meditation, then take an hour as you obviously need it. As a coach, it is always hard to coach yourself. Maybe this time I follow my own advice.