I love how today's CTC reading so easily fits my EA focus.
In the past, I have experienced my thoughts be just like a bucking horse, racing out of control when I frantically try, over and over, to solve a difficult problem.
I've been thinking about how to apply my program to that when such happens again, as it surely will. Wrestling with my thoughts, struggling for control, does not help, I know that . Best to stop, refocus, and try a new approach.
Stopping can be as simple as taking a time out, to take a few deep breaths and look at my surroundings. That is why Nature is so helpful to me. After a pause, often obsessive thoughts can be replaced with a positive thought. The slogan, Let Go and Let God comes to mind, as a way to stop my mind from running around in circles. I can say the Serenity Prayer or the first line of the St. Francis prayer, "God make me an instrument of thy peace."
I used to escape my problems by reading books, so I am a little cautious about that method, today.
The program principles, help me better to trust that it's OK to learn to live at peace with unsolved problems. I can give myself permission to take my mind off the situation for a few hours, and work on something else that is more straightforward, then return with a fresh perspective. The listening ear of a program friend, or my Sponsor, can help me find serenity, so "I can better look at my situation without losing all self-control." Time and distance gives me perspective too.
Sometimes I have to let go of a problem before I can find a solution. I cannot hear my inner voice, when my mind generating "noise". Quieting my monkey mind is a skill I can learn with practice. Meditation helps. It may be hard at first to make this is a priority, when my mind thinks things can't wait, but with practice I realize I deserve to have peace of mind, "one minute, one thought at a time."
"All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." Blaise Pascal