How the Thinking Mind loves to “Make S#!t Up"
Imagine the Thinking Mind as a screen that separates you from others and what is going on around you. The half-heard conversation occurs because your mind was elsewhere, prejudging a person or situation. For instance, I will hear clients share that they would see someone coming down the hall towards them, and internally roll their eyes as they play out a scenario in their head about that person and what they want. This scenario creating sets up a barrier between themselves and the other person, which ultimately, is unproductive and time wasting.
Here is how it works. As the diagram below shows, the Thinking Mind actually blocks or screens information through a process of categorizing, describing, editorializing, or judging on what it perceives to be reality.
We see from the top arrow that the information is not understood or sometimes even acknowledged. It doesn’t even penetrate the Thinking Mind. This can be the times in a day when you “check-out”— your mind wanders and you have to re-read a paragraph, or someone has to repeat what they said. We do not see, hear, or are aware of what is going on around us. We are so involved in our own thoughts that we disconnect from the world.
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