I’ve been thinking a lot about how to think less. My thought patterns are essentially streaming media, which is defined as: multimedia constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. In this case, I am both the end user and provider.
Sometimes I’d like a little peace and quiet. To reduce this never-ending mental content, I’ve unsuccessfully tried meditation and still occasionally try yoga. But mostly, I just sit and stare over coffee each morning.
Too bad staring at the wall over coffee doesn’t really reduce much stress or increase grey matter in my brain the same as real meditation or exercise.
So, I decided to get out and go to a sketch group where people come together to draw as a creative and social outlet. This being my first time, I wasn’t prepared with a photo or idea in mind as subject matter.
I sat down and stared at a blank white page for at least 20 minutes which was deja vu of this morning’s coffee/wall staring session. Starting to feel frustrated, I thought perhaps a chocolate cookie and Topo Chico from the coffee shop we were patronizing would help jump start an idea.
While both tasted good, I was becoming worked up about not having an idea to work on and wanted to leave. To keep from bolting, I started drawing the Topo Chico bottle. Mental dialogue between me and myself:
“Ok, now what?”
“I don’t know.”
“You have a giant blank page and one bottle.”
“So, what are you going to do?”
“I don’t know, I guess draw another one.”
“And, then what?”
“Maybe keep drawing them until time is up.”
For lack of a better idea, that’s exactly what I did. Draw the bottle over and over. Surprisingly, I became engrossed in this exercise and completely lost track of the clock. Funny thing is, when it was time to wrap up I wanted to still keep going.
Afterwards, I realized the exercise was successful. Once I had become engrossed in the drawing, my head was finally quiet. Ahhhhhhh. I’m definitely going again.
It’s not a masterpiece, but at least it gave me peace of mind.
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