Is There a Pinball Game Going on in Your Head?

 

 

Do you find it hard to focus and feel like there is a pinball game going on in your head?

Do your thoughts bounce from one random thought to another like the balls in a pinball machine that bounce from one bumper to the next bumper?

Is your mind on automatic flipper?

It seems to never stay focused on your current task but sends your focus elsewhere and on new thoughts?

Does your mind race as if there is a multi ball game going on in your head?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

One way I slow down my thoughts so I can better focus is via my Centering Prayer practice.

When a multi ball game goes on in my head I come back to the present with an interior image.

I find that I can do the same thing during my non Centering Prayer times too.

When I lose my focus on a current task I come back to the present with the use of this same interior image.

I picture this image interiorly to come back to the present and begin to focus once again on the task in front of me.

Go Further:

Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition  by Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening were the first two books I read as I began my Centering Prayer practice.

An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life by Amos Smith

Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz

 

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