I found myself today thinking about something that didn’t belong to me and never did. Not important what exactly it was — just the fact that I was wasting time thinking about it.
We all do a lot of this — thinking long and hard on situations we can do nothing about, excitedly debating our opinions on people, places and things we don’t know, control or own. I’ve heard this referred to as a “waste of psychic energy”, because there’s nothing we can do to control those objects. And we burn even more of our second-most precious resource (#1: time) because we know we can’t do anything with direct effect. Just think, talk, debate, opine, and play verbal volleyball with those who may have opposing thoughts.
It’s hard to get out of this habit. The first step for me, when I find myself in it, is to detach and find something else to think on, act on. Meditation is the very definition of detaching the mind and focusing on the present moment — and I’ve been practicing regularly for months — but keeping the mind still and quiet while doing literally nothing is hard as shit.
I’m working on it.