Artwork by A. Andrews Gonzalez (http://sublimatrix.com/)
I was always a very curious kid. You could say I was intensely so. Completed with my natural sway towards introversion and doubled with my shyness, I tended to keep most things to myself while going inwards with my questions. This brought upon constant thinking. Though it occurred naturally for me, I think that it’s something anyone can learn and do.
You can slowly increase the amount of thoughts that go into things depending on how much time you spend on them. Repeat this over and over and you’ll begin to do this towards everyday things. You’ll also increase in speed and depth at which the thoughts will go. It’s a bit irritating at first and feels like a waste of time, but the more time you spend on a specific subject, the more you get bored with it. The more you get bored with it, the more you’ll try to find something amusing about it and the more insight you’ll gain on that subject. I like to go to museums and art galleries to do this, but that’s just because of my interest in those things. You can go in depth about sports, theater, media, politics. Everything really. It’s easier if you focus on your point of interests.
The consequence of doing this, however, is dwelling. If you become obsessed with a certain issue, you’ll find it hard to guide yourself away from it. This is where mediation comes in. The kind I’m talking about is breath focus. You sit and pay attention to your breath. Gradually slow your breathing. Thoughts will come, acknowledge them, move past them and focus again on breathing. You do this enough times, you’ll slowly be able to gain control over your thoughts. It’s because of focus. If you practice your focus, you practice the control over your thoughts. Then, you can stop dwelling while still having the benefits of constant thinking.
The more you think, the more you learn.
The more you learn, the more you experience.
I realize that these lessons are easier said than done, but they’re intended to open you up to the possibility that you’re not a static creature. You’re more pliable than you can imagine. With a bit of daily effort, you can begin to see who you are and what you’re capable of. That is the greatest lesson I can give.