Snoop Dogg and a monkey mind

had lunch with a friend of mine today
I was sharing the struggle of creating scary scenarios for no apparent reason other than, I’m OK now
there must be some version of myself that’s waiting for the other shoe to drop
for the bad news
for the next catastrophe
he reminded me that I’m working out and rebuilding my muscles and
that my brain is a muscle too and
it needs to be exercised as well
to build up new memories
new thoughts
now that my daily life doesn’t consist of surviving
I need to work on new thought patterns
new thought habits
muscles must have a mind because they have a memory
you can remember how to go up and down stairs
jump rope
hopscotch
obviously our minds have memories but exercise it as a muscle?
I’ve never thought of before
if you could exercise your brain and instead of bad scenarios running through over and over like a treadmill
what if you could think grace and kindness?
what if kindness could be exercised like a muscle?
could you use it until it was the strongest part of you?
what if your default setting was love?
what if we were as nice to the people we slept with every night as we are to strangers we see on the street?
what if we gave grace to our mates as much as the person at the meat counter?
the theologian Snoop Dogg tells us he is
“laid back ( with my mind on my money and my money on my mind)”
what if we were laid back and had our minds on each other?
paying attention to who’s in front of you
in bed with you
beside you in the car
across from you at a dinner table
what would that look like?
if I look at this liminal space as a place to do interior work
why wouldn’t my brain be part of it?
of course my thoughts need exercise
I need a new loop playing
one that might say, it’s okay to be okay
be here now
right now is all there is
you are better and you are becoming something new
good for you
keep going
keep growing
I need make room for daydreams again
to marinate in joy
memories can be a tricky thing
the good ones can hold you back and
the bad ones make you dread tomorrow…

It’s okay to be okay
Be here now
Right now is all there is
You are better and you are becoming something new
Good for you
Keep going
Keep growing
It’s okay to be okay
Be here now
Right now is all there is
You are better and you are becoming something new
Good for you
Keep going
Keep growing
It’s okay to be okay
Be here now
Right now is all there is
You are better and you are becoming something new
Good for you
Keep going
Keep growing

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