I was rather hoping to enjoy the sunset. But my mind had other ideas – it kept on thinking about the project. I kept saying “no” to those thoughts – but they kept coming back.
Eventually, I remembered a mindfulness technique I got from Russ Harris’ book, “The Happiness Trap.” When it comes to a magic moment, he suggests thanking your mind.
So I thanked my mind. I meant it too – I’ve been working my mind really hard, day and night, to make progress with this project. My mind’s been great – really rising to the challenge, even under pressure.
So I said thank you.
And that’s when my mind went quiet. Too late to enjoy the sunset, unfortunately, but I was surprised how much enjoyment and satisfaction I got from a quiet walk back in the dark.
Not only that, my mind said “that’d make a great blog post” and started writing it. Once again – thank you, mind!