Restless Mind – A Grumpy Toddler
Imagine you are walking through a shopping mall. You have a three year old toddler with you. he is happily holding your hand making you feel proud of his behaviour and obedience. Suddenly, he spots a candy store with flashing signs, attractive display, animated cartoon characters and everything else he could possibly fancy. He wants to go to the store. You, however have other plans and want him to simply be with you. He insists on going in the direction of the candy store, you tell him otherwise. His efforts intensify, so does your grip on him. He gets louder, and, you stance, more commanding. He is unmoving and your are unyielding. He gets agitated, decides to lie down on the floor and starts throwing tantrums. At that point in time, you have four choices :
- Let him throw tantrums while you feel somewhat embarrassed in the public.
- Try to pacify him with the promise of taking him there in the future.
- Take him to the candy store and get him the candies.
- Overpower him, lift him and rush to the parking lot.
It is not a desirable situation and none of the options seems to be pleasant. This is exactly what happens when your mind becomes restless. It starts to behave like a grumpy toddler. It tries all sorts of tricks to get its way.
So has you mind been behaving like a grumpy toddler lately? Can you relate?
Reference : Om Swami. A Million Thoughts.