“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
Last night I was trying to shut off my (monkey) mind long enough to fall asleep when I became aware of a noise that at first I couldn’t place.
What was it? Oh no…drip, drip, drip….It was water. Dripping water, like of the water torture variety. A little more investigation gleaned some annoying information: it was from somewhere outside. You know, so that it couldn’t be shut off. OMG. I could feel my blood pressure inching up as I was freaking out about my coming sure-to-be-sleepless night of listening to the drip-drip-dripping water (icicles melting from the roof) when I suddenly had another thought. This time though, it was a useful thought.
It was Wayne Dyer’s quote (above) that popped into my head. I had heard it earlier that day in an audiobook. There was not a thing on God’s green earth that I could do at 10 o’clock at night to stop the dripping water outside, but hey, maybe I could change how I was thinking about the dripping water?
I gave it a try:
- I’m grateful for the roof over my head.
- I’m happy to be in my own bed in my own home.
- Maybe the dripping is not so bad?
- What if I try to meditate? I could say the “So Hum” meditation (the one that I know I can do without thinking too much about it).
- What if every time I notice a drip, I (mentally) say the word “So”, then the next drip, I say the word “Hum”, and so on? Which at least gave me something constructive to do and actually might coax my blood pressure back down to an acceptable level?
Well…guess what! It worked! I still heard it, but it didn’t make me anxious or mad anymore. In an odd sort of way, it felt comforting. So here’s a corollary to Wayne’s quote: If you change the way you listen to things, the things you listen to change.