‘Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! And without too many regrets, if possible! Those from which the sap has withdrawn. But, good Lord, what beautiful colours!’ – André Gide
Self-inquiry is the key to understanding what makes our soul sing, or our spirit suffocate – it is how we learn the difference and get to the centre of our being. I hope at least some of the questions in THink will enable you to do just that – to tarry a while and tease your thought processes out into the open, so that you can reflect, imagine, and then visualise who you want to be.
Do you think too much? I do, and the variety of subject matter and emotions involved can be vast but here I want to focus on just one thought –
If I were to ask you what is the one thing you think about above all else, what would that be?
Would you be able to jump straight to it or would you have to stop and ponder what it is?
Mine is easy – regret. Not so much things I have done that I’m not particularly proud of, but more things I just haven’t done. I’ve worked through a lot of it, but it still rears up when I least expect it and, strangely, when I have successfully concluded something, and instead of celebrating I berate myself for how much bigger and better it would have been if only ….
How do you overthink it – do you replay the whole scenario each time it pops up or do you focus in on the smaller more insignificant details?
When do such thoughts occur?
What do you think the cause is?
How does it make you feel?
Do you try and resolve the issue, or do you let it run until it fades to the back of your consciousness until the next time?
Or maybe it’s a constant in your life – if so, why is that?
Has the impact of this faded over time or is it just the same?
Why do you believe it has or has not?