As we go through our daily activities, we frequently get lost in thoughts of past and future, not staying grounded in the awareness of our bodies. For simple, useful feedback when we’re lost in thought, we can use the very common feeling of rushing. Rushing is a feeling of toppling forward. Our minds run ahead of us, focusing on where we want to go, instead of settling into our bodies where we are.

Learn to pay attention to this feeling of rushing — which does not particularly have to do with how fast we are going. We can feel rushed while moving slowly, and we can be moving quickly and still be settled in our bodies. The feeling of rushing simply reminds us that we’re not present. If you can, notice what thought or emotion has captured the attention. Then, just for a moment, stop and settle back into the body: feel the foot on the ground, feel the next step.

Joseph Goldstein, A Heart Full of Peace

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3 thoughts on “Rushing

  1. Reblogged this on Find Your Middle Ground and commented:
    I love this insight and reminder. The feeling of rushing takes us out of the present, and we don’t have to be going fast!
    I like it think of it as skimming ahead … I’ll be looking out for this feeling today.

  2. well said but, i feel like being “stuck” on thinking about the future with very positive, and very powerful thoughts is a blissful thing. We really do create the present time with our thoughts. But I get the meaning of the post, just wanted to toss my 2 cents in on about that.

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