Shopping And The Wandering Mind

Have you ever come back from shopping with a lot more than you intended? Tempted by the sale, the colours, shape and taste of the products, you bag loads on a whim?! Some of those items, after second thoughts, you will return to the shops and get refunded. Some not. Hence you may be stuck with a bright pink handbag, stilettos that make your legs ache, your toes and heels blistered, or clothes that last only one season before becoming dated. This buying habit leaves a number of unused and useless items piling up in your wardrobes, looking sorry for themselves. Even more sorry may be your bank balance, heading into the red.

As with shopping, so too does the mind go wandering. The mind knows no better. When it goes out there, it picks up a number of experiences indiscriminately and brings them back to ponder on – particularly those from the long gone days that can never be changed. It also brings back worries about the future. Lost in the sensory experience – through the contact of, for examples, the eyes, ears, nose, tongue – the mind is unaware of what it is doing. It may feel satisfied for a moment and dissatisfied the next. Most of the time, it is restless. These feelings are energised by additional thoughts, created by the mind.

Often we try to put things we don’t want out of sight. Clothes are dumped at the bottom of the wardrobe, thoughts shoved to the back of our mind. Every now and then, the overflowing content in the wardrobe pushes open the door and and the tucked away clothes come flooding out. Likewise for our thoughts. The clothes can be thrown back in or given away and indeed some thoughts can be brushed aside. But some remain unresolved. Persistent negative thoughts can keep nagging at us, particularly at the moment when we are trying to relax and enjoy ourselves.

An untrained mind is like a boat without a rudder, it floats aimlessly into the sea. It needs training and guidance – making it more water-wise. We need to develop mindfulness to guide the mind to stay on course. When shopping, a shopping list helps remind us of what we need and we can stick to it. Otherwise we can be wandering around the aisles, aimlessly, getting distracted and returning home without what we intended to buy.

Being mindful,

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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