We can get totally caught up in mind stuff and not be aware that we are. We can go round in circles, doing the same old number. It’s like we get attached to it, like it’s part of us. In fact we might actually, perversely, like doing it! We might even know we need to do something about it, but don’t, or won’t. Sometimes it takes another to say, “Just drop it. Let it go”.

The frenzy of the ego mind

I was reading yet another article this morning on some media frenzy about a particular event. They’d been going on and on about it, each taking sides and making the others wrong. I just stopped reading it. “I don’t need this”, and I went on to other things.

Commentators have been saying for a while now how we as a society are very easily hooked on issues and very rapidly get worked up about them, fed by social media. We don’t stop, pause and reflect.

It’s also been said how our society lives life at an increasingly fast pace and we’re showing the strain. Busy lives, busy minds. We don’t have the time. We don’t take the time.

There’s lot going on, it seems, both personally, in work, and in the world at large. There have been a multiple of recent crises, some now potentially existential.

It been said too how modern civilisation has got so entrenched in ego, in contrast to small children, who tend to show lots of joy and laugh a lot, and indigenous peoples who’ve not yet succumbed to intrusion by so-called civilisation.

One is tempted to think that the life of the ego is coming to a big crisis. But then it thrives on crisis.

There is also a view that the ego mind is a phase in human evolution and that people will in time shift to higher levels of consciousness. Some already are. Interesting.

Dropping it

In the meantime, this doesn’t tell us about how we might get off these habits of ego mind frenzy.

In terms of the practices discussed in these posts, it’s important to be aware that this pattern is happening and that it doesn’t have to be like this. It’s a choice we have, compulsive though it all can seem.

We can just drop it.

However we’re caught up, we can simply let it go.

A central part of spiritual practice is to become aware that our mind is caught up, step back from the process, witness it, and choose to let it go.

This is what meditators do. It’s not rocket science. They notice that their minds are off somewhere and that they are, for example, engaged in some reverie, and they bring their minds back to their meditation practice, say observing their breath or repeating their mantra internally. If necessary, one keeps doing it, and gradually the mind becomes calmer.

This approach can also be applied to life in general. Many report how their life becomes calmer and their level of contentment increases.

This is where we can really get our minds to work for us for our higher good.

It’s important to take the higher perspective and not be continually wrapped up in our mind stuff. It’s like the mind is a muscle that needs exercise. Otherwise we are drawing more negative stuff to ourselves and the pattern repeats itself, like a habit that doesn’t serve us.

Witness it

So, today, try witnessing your mind in action as you go about your day, and practice “dropping it”.

Use the breath. Notice when a thought you don’t need arises, breathe in deeply and, as you breathe out, mentally step back from it and witness it, like you are the observer of it. Breathe again. Choose whether to continue the thought, but maybe in a calmer, more centred way, or let it go. As you let it go, breathe out. Practice dropping it, like you’ve moved it into the mind’s computer bin. “Chunk!” Gone.

Then breathe into the lighter space that has opened up. A moment perhaps to connect with who we really are.

There’s a far greater perspective available to us than the sweaty little ego.