Oxford online dictionary defines obsession as “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.” I assume its up to us to determine if it is a beneficial obsession or not. If you take a minute to mull over any obsession really quite a lot of them are packing a double edged blade. Almost any one out of the lot can wield a blade like that. Personal hygiene, personal development, perfectionism, fear of loss. Odds are if you can think it can be taken too far.
Are we always aware of our own obsessions? The johari window certainly shows us that it is possible and likely that we have parts unknown to us that are certainly not in any way related to Anthony Bourdain. Lets take a moment to review the definition we have been given once more. What if we could actually have an obsession with thinking and not even know it. When was the last time you took heed of a moment with little to no thought? Stop reading this here and take a moment to sit back. Calm yourself and close your eyes. See how long you can go without any inner voice or thoughts arising.
How long did you make it? Leave a comment below, I’d be interested to hear you out. Odds are you didn’t last that long. As meditation clearly shows its extremely beneficial to let go of the river of thinking from time to time. The ripples in the pond don’t always cease to exist but they certainly will still and sometimes the water comes clear as a whistle, we can learn a lot about ourselves during these healing times. Consider adding meditation to your tool belt. You are extremely capable and you’ll certainly not regret it over time.
I wish for you health, happiness, and good fortune friend.
“Life is what’s happening while you’re worrying.”Ajahn Brahm