In part 1 we looked at ‘thinking too much’ but how can we make a distinction between that and ‘overthinking’? It is often tricky to decipher the difference between the two, though I do think that there is one way to tell them apart.
In its essence, how does what you are thinking about make you feel? If it makes you feel good or even exhilarated, then it is the former. If it makes you feel anxious, sad, overwhelmed etc then it is most likely, the latter.
I am not suggesting that ‘thinking too much’ is necessarily a pleasant or pleasurable experience. Often, going beyond the average awareness through deeper musing can uncover some uncomfortable feelings and issues, to say the least. But there is a succinct feeling that lies underneath. One that desires better solutions, deeper understanding, freedom even.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
‘Overthinking’ almost always brings up some form of anxiety from the get-go. It is often focused around worst case scenarios and not entirely helpful with regards to the current situation. It tends to circulate in a vicious circle around the same repetitive thoughts. Ironically, it is almost the polar opposite of ‘thinking too much’.
Speaking of polar opposites… what about when we ‘don’t think enough’? I am not here to diss people that ‘don’t think enough’ in any way, shape or form. Far from it!! For who is to say what the right amount of thinking is anyway!??? Upon which criteria are we calculating these deductions?
My desire is to open one’s awareness to the fact that we are ALL different. And that is the beauty of having a unique fingerprint and DNA! There is no right or wrong, just different, in who we are and the way we are. This is to be celebrated and not frowned upon.?
If we are able to cultivate understanding and possibly the expanded awareness that we can learn from all ‘types’, life will improve profoundly for us all. Are we capable of being open enough to do so and refrain from judgement in whatever situation we may find ourselves in? This would take immense self-mastery but can you imagine how that would change things?
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” ~ Malcolm Forbes
I would imagine that at the very least we would feel more at ease to be who we really are. Be it the ‘don’t think enough’, the ‘you think too much’ or the ‘over-thinker’, we all have something to offer and we are all needed. I firmly believe that we rotate around these 3 types (and 1000s more) at various stages throughout our lives anyway, for we are constantly shifting and evolving. In some areas of our lives we may “overthink”, in others “not think enough” and in some scenarios “think too much”. Our perceptions are constantly changing. We are all things and ultimately we are all One.
I have gone from being ashamed that I generally “think too much” to being proud of it. It makes me a better person More aware. More conscious. It allows me to be observant of myself and the world around me and be more attentive to my needs and the needs of others, thereby able to be of better service in general. It propels me to play my part in this journey we call life and to do my best to leave both things and people better than I found them.
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” ~ Voltaire
Naturally, this is not always easy and more often than not it is either a failed or aborted mission. Nonetheless, the fire within me lives on and questioning all that is is simply part of my blueprint and who I am and now, I decide to own it. And whilst doing so, do my utmost with grace and ease to keep it in check, so as I may reside within the boundaries that closely merge into the extremes. Ah yes, the ambiguous, eternal search for balance…? Haha, though we must keep at it!?
I think that it is important for us to understand that everything has a time and a purpose but for Heaven’s sake, please keep questioning everything, as that is where the truth, the innovations and the true beauty lies! It is within all of us. Do not deprive yourself of it!?
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ~ Steve Jobs
If you are told “You Think Too Much” and you feel angry and rebellious all at the same time, that is just your passion catching on fire, baby!? Roll with it Beautiful Soul, for it is igniting and stimulating your truth!⚡ And more often than not, throwing people off theirs which causes awakening moments all-round!?
You are magic! Fan your flames! Ignite your passion!?
Honour Your Soul!? Speak your truth with kindness and grace!?
Be Your Authentic Self! And Change The World!???
Showering you with limitless love and boundless light!
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