Today I noticed a constant pull within me to scroll through various things on my phone. I would put on my makeup, and then check my email. Get dressed, scroll through Facebook. Sit down on the bus, surf the web. The magnetic pull of my phone started feeling very obvious so I decided to put it away and not use it.
Then I was looking out of the bus window and I started thinking about what I had said in a conversation last night. My mind then jumped to what I was about to do at work. Back and forth, my thoughts fluctuated between past and future. I noticed sitting there on the bus that just as the phone had a magnetic pull towards it, so did my mind. I decided to let go of the past and future thoughts and let myself be in the moment I was living.
A few seconds passed and once again I was reliving an event, and making up scenarios about future events. I noticed. I let it go. I was back on the bus, staring out of the window looking at the rain and a little taco stand in a parking lot. Even when I had brought myself back into the moment I could feel the pull of my mind on my attention. It was magnetic.
Do you ever notice that your mind keeps pulling you in even when you make a conscious choice to be in the present moment? Do you ever come back into the actual moment you are experiencing and realize you had been wrapped up in thoughts for a long period of time? Have you ever had the experience of listening to someone, and at the end of the conversation realize you had no idea what they were talking about because you were thinking the whole time?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, congratulations! You are aware of your thoughts! For many, they never realize they are wrapped up in thinking, because they have been completely taken over by the mind. The mind is living through them and they have no idea that they are not the voice in their head. To notice that your mind has a magnetic quality that is constantly pulling you in is the flowering of your consciousness. You have separated who you are, the one who notices the thoughts, from the thoughts themselves.
While it may seem that there should be a fix for this, a solid solution for the magnetic mind, the solution is already arising if you can notice when you are thinking. That is your awareness gaining strength. Each time you recognize you’ve been pulled into thoughts, and out of the present, you have given yourself an opportunity to operate from the only place of true power, the only space where anything actually happens, the present moment.
The more often you gently take away attention from the mind and place it on your surroundings, the easier it will become, and the more the infinite intelligence of consciousness will guide your actions. In this way the highest potential contained within each present moment has the opportunity to manifest in your life. Being present now creates a miraculous future.