For years, as soon as I woke up, my mind would leap into worry. Whether it was after the alarm clock rang in the morning or in the middle of the night. My mind would immediately begin to worry about people with whom I was out of harmony, impending events that I considered daunting or projects with looming deadlines.
I dreaded waking up and falling immediately into worry so much, that, as sleep approached in the evening, I would begin worrying about waking up the following morning to a worried mind. My body would tense, my stomach ache, my heart would feel torn to shreds. I came to expect and endure the sensation of my entire night’s rest lost and replaced by a massive weariness.
Then, a wonderful new thought occurred to me. What if my thinking wasn’t really worry at all? What if my mind went to these topics because it was eager to do what it was made to do — find solutions to apparent problems? What if my mind was scanning the landscape of my life for places to use its Creative Imagining?
And, where better to use creative imagining than on those concerns I had identified as real-time, real-world dilemmas? Of course! This made perfect sense.
Now, as I wake into a brand new dawn, I direct the energy, talent and wisdom of my sweet mind toward satisfying and expansive solutions. The way I do this is by posing some very simple questions for my mind to answer. I realize that, with a solution-oriented invitation, my mind will as eagerly look for creative – and welcome –answers just as readily as it used to look for troubles.
I invite you to join me and wake up your mind in this loving way each morning. Simply ask yourself the following questions. And, you needn’t trouble yourself to focus on finding the answers right away. Simply allow your eyes to scan over these questions when you awake. [Print the questions on a piece of paper and tape the paper to the ceiling above your bed. Then, in the morning, open your eyes and, in drowsy hypnopompic ease, just allow your gaze to slowly drift down the page from top to bottom.]
I guarantee you will see your own fine mind leaping eagerly into the day looking for – and finding – available, workable and welcome answers, just like a young dog bounding after a ball thrown far into an open field. All that’s left for you to do is get up from bed, calmly prepare for your unfolding day and be prepared to feel the thrill of welcome solutions arriving to satisfy you and fulfill your requests.
Then, at bedtime, again just like with a loyal dog, pet your mind, thank it for having served you so well, and promise to give it as much good to chase after tomorrow.
LOVING QUESTIONS FOR MY FINE MIND
1. About this current situation, what unique, respectful and imaginative contribution can I come up with today?
2. What new answers to old problems can I discover today?
3. What new skills will I develop today, and how will I use them to great satisfaction?
4.Who can I see in a brighter more loving light today?
5. What exciting new contribution can I give to the world today?
6.How can I feel more alive, happy, and thankful today?
This simple shift from labeling the process of my own morning thinking from worry to Creative Imagining has made a fantastic difference in my life. I ardently invite you to give it a test.