Getting Lost in Thought?

Interrupt the habit of getting lost in thought by being gentle and asking yourself questions.  Start to slowly train the mind to focus while working, eating, driving or doing chores. Taste the food you are eating. Feel the car move as you press the gas. Pay attention to the sounds and feels as you do the laundry or wash the dishes. It will take time to build this skill so patience is key.

If you notice a thought that is not directed by you, ask yourself “is this thought real?” Interrupt it. Then bring your mind back to this moment. Practice this mindful skill often throughout the day and you will notice improvements.

We are in control of our own well being by the actions we undertake. The focus is always on improving your quality of life. Mine has tranquility, opportunity and a confident relaxed calm in it every morning.

Please join me.

5 responses to this post.

  1. We all talk about concentration, we forget keeping our thoughts at what we do.
    Great observation this.

  2. Let me explain about our choices that face us now. Dissociation describes when we leave the present moment and engage our trauma thoughts. Thinking is not bad however getting lost or enticed into our past trauma fuels it.

    Anytime we bring our trauma up without being with a therapist we fuel it and this is dissociation.

    For me, thinking happens when it is directed in this awareness of now, not ruminating or idly lost in trying to figure out why me or could I have done something.

    You can not think your way out of PTSD and certainly not complexPTSD.

    Getting lost in thought gives our trauma time in our consciousness, which brings blood and energy to our body. PTSD grows the longer you stay in this state. On the PTSD discussion boards you will find many in a continnuous loop of dissociation. They are suffering miserably and keep up till they are agoraphobic and never in this moment.

  3. I LOVE THIS! This helps me so much ‘feel the gas pedal’ ‘taste the food’ these simple little things can be done every day. It teaches the brain focus, that can be applied to the breath model. I try to practice these all the time. Or take a minute to feel my five senses. What am I seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing right now? Like a checklist.

  4. Watch for post on desires pleasures

  5. Posted by bringingmyselfup on March 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I know I’m a few years late in finding this post/thread, but I’ll comment in case anyone is finding this for the first time, or coming back to check in. I never grew up going to doctors and it was only in my late twenties/early thirties that I began to recognize some of the issues I had with my eyes. My vision had always been pretty good, but when I finally started going to the doctor, I found out I had astigmatism which made my inability to focus physically exhausting. I have found that since I have been wearing glasses/contacts to correct my astigmatism, I am able to determine the difference between the physical inability to focus vs. the psychological inability to focus. I should also mention that one of my eyes has nearly 20/20 vision and the other one isn’t too far off, so this really wasn’t a question of whether I was able to see or not. My eyes were literally unable to work together to focus on things.

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