Hey you, how are you doing?
I know, everything seems to be a crazy mess lately with every news outlet focused on this virus. I honestly get anxiety every time my phone lights up with a CNN update. I hope each time when an announcement pops up, that the death toll would just cease.
But, I wanted to remind you, yes you, that this is not the time to allow your mind to wonder off. Times like these have caused many people to be sucked into a deep sense of boredom. And, when you are bored, or as the title states, when your mind is idle, that is when you are the most vulnerable.
The saying, "an idle mind is the devil's playground" isn't found in scripture verbatim, however it is suggested in numerous scriptures. But, this saying came across my mind one evening because I was simply just bored. I had a hectic day at work with tons and tons of emails coming in, client calls after my regular day job, and I finished editing as well. I was just simply drained mentally.
I just sat in my bed, literally with nothing on my mind. I didn't have the energy to pick up a book either. My mind was beginning to wonder, and not to a good place either.
For me, when I am not stimulating my mind, on top of the current times where we are forced to be inside our homes until further notice, I tend to think about my past, and just get angry, resentful, and bitter. Then I want to cry. Pretty much an emotional mess! All because I let my mind idle. What happens to me is probably light compared to many, so my heart goes out to those who get in a much darker place than I.
But, this is why I wanted to write this blog.
An idle mine is literally a dangerous place to be, and more dangerous when you get stuck in that place.
Make sure you make it a point to stimulate your mind on things that are positive for your soul. Read, journal, talk with friends over the phone, listen to upbeat music, take a walk (abiding by the CDC guidelines of course), anything!
If you feel yourself getting to the point of just sitting there in silence, catch yourself, and turn your focus elsewhere. My little trick is reading right before bed. I love to cuddle up with my current book, and boom, before you know it I'm sleepy. And yes, I have fallen asleep with the book in my hands. I am that much of a nerd.
But, in all seriousness, don't be forced into silence. We will all get through this. You are not alone. The universe is trying to tell us a whole slue of things right now. Look at the positives and thank God you are able to see another day, even if it isn't what you expected.