Do you feel sometimes like you’re going out of your mind? Have you ever voiced the words, “I think I’m going crazy?” Don’t worry, you’re in very good company.
We often use that expression when we’re feeling stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed. But let’s look at that phrase in more depth and from a more serious perspective.
I’m going to make the argument that going out of your mind is actually a good start to something unimaginably better, once you take the literal meaning of the phrase.
I’ve spent a great deal of my life in my mind, trying to think my way through problems, or questioning over and over why something happened the way it did, or holding on to a lack of forgiveness when someone has ‘done me wrong’.
Putting it another way, I get stuck in telling the same story over and over and over until even I’m sick of it.
But I discovered a practice that changed everything.
There is no denying that we need our minds. Minds can be brilliant, creative, imaginative, curious, open to possibility. They’re artistic, literary, full of game changing ideas and designs and inventions.
But not when our thoughts and actions are being driven by our ‘small e’ ego, and not when we’re going out of our minds in frustration and overwhelm.
What makes matters even more difficult is if we find ourselves in a situation that is similar to a past situation that has never been resolved. As we remember old hurts and frustrations, past and present merge together into one big sloppy emotional mess.
It’s even hard to determine whose voice we’re hearing in our heads, ours or someone else’s – a parent, teacher, friend.
In that mental and emotional state, we’re untethered, whirling around in chaos. We shut down our creative mind, we limit our range of imaginative thinking, and in extreme cases, we can even take out our frustration and anger on those we love.
So how do we get tethered again?
Through the sound and resonance and power of your own voice!
Going Out of Your Mind 101
We have to get out of the story the mind is invested in, and into the body. That’s the fastest way to quiet the thoughts that hound us.
Your body is capable of healing itself. It’s capable of making sound. The two can work together. It’s a simple concept but it’s often not easy.
The more invested you are in the story and its emotional charge, the more you need a practice for going out of your mind.
The only way is to stop the hamster wheel of ‘if only’, get out of the thoughts running on permanent rewind/replay, and into the body.
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If you can’t stand what is currently going on that’s causing you so much frustration, anxiety, or anger, there is spiritual medicine and healing at the heart of it.
“You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.” –Astrid Alauda
In order to come out of your mind and into your body, let go of the version of yourself that you thought you were, and see yourself as whole and complete, a person capable of greatness.
A Practice for Getting Into Your Body
In this practice you will use the sound of your own voice to guide you to a calmer more resonant state. Ready to begin?
First, stop what you’re doing.
Find a place where it’s quiet and you won’t be disturbed for a time. (Give yourself more time when you first start this practice.)
Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
Place one hand on your sacrum (about 5 inches below the waist), and the other hand on your heart.
Bring your attention to your breath and notice how your body gently moves with each inhalation and exhalation.
If your mind becomes active at any time, gently bring it back by focusing on your breath, or with a mantra. One simple mantra that works is saying the words “I am” on the inhale and “Love is” on the exhale.
After a few minutes when you’re ready, ask yourself this question, “Where in my body is the charge about _____________ ? (Fill in the blank with your situation.)
Now make a full bodied sound, allowing whatever sound wants to emerge, and send it to that place in your body where you located the charge. If your mind jumps in with a comment or judgement, it’s okay. Just stay focused on the sound that your body wants to make.
As you continue to make the sound, imagine a line connecting your sacrum (where your one hand is), your heart (where your other hand is), and the location of the charge. Imagine that there’s a current of energy running along that line, releasing any emotional charge you have about your situation.
Keep making the sound until you feel that you have completely released the charge. You’ll get a sign, eg, your tummy gurgles or you have to sigh.
Once you have stopped the sound, take a few minutes to return your awareness to the room you’re in.
When you’re ready, open your eyes.
What Comes Next?
There will be a period of integration. You might notice old memories coming up. You might have some vivid dreams if you do the practice several times.
You can simply observe what’s going on without having to do anything about it.
If you notice later that your mind is going back to the same story, don’t assume the practice didn’t work. You might be ready to release another layer.
This practice of going out of your mind is one of the most compassionate and caring activities you can do for yourself.
And the bonus? When you do this practice yourself, you create an energetic opening for others to do it as well. You shift the negative energy around you.
You may even get a comment like this one.
“You’re always so calm and peaceful. How do you do it?”
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Would this practice work better for you if you had some background sound? Try this.