Mind Chatter

Mind chatter exist because its what’s there. Attachment gives it the needed energy so it responds accordingly. But when one is present the mind is still, and the chatter subsides on its own.

This morning I woke up very early and almost instantly like on automatic pilot, my mind wanted to make this a problem. The chatter started. There wasn’t a known reason for the chatter except that my mind wanted to convince me that either “I” should be sleeping or “I” should be thinking about how to solve the worlds problems. At the very least “I” should be thinking about my day ahead and solving all my own problems. But instead of feeding into this energy, I just stayed present with the awareness of what was happening.

Being awake regardless of the time isn’t good or bad, or even a problem, it is just what was happening at that moment. My mind was chattering and just responding to what was there. Then a center was established and there was this awareness of one being awake, and it wasn’t a problem unless it was made into one. So by being aware of this and establishing a center, the mind was stilled and the chatter subsided on it’s own.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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