Becoming the observer of your mind.
Round and round the merry-go-round:
The same old thoughts coming around again and again. Revisiting our challenges, from the same point of view, again and again.
Up and down the See-saw:
Our emotions rising and falling. No matter how hard we push, we inevitably fall back to earth, feeling disappointment and failure.
Swinging, swinging, forward and back:
Feeling the thrill of progress when moving forwards, then feeling dismay when going backwards.
Know as children know, that these thoughts and feelings are temporary.
Children exemplify for us how the joy of life is in being present with our experiences no matter which way we are going. When we live life with the knowledge that we are free to move from game to game, playing with others or alone, we are able to be at peace with the present moment. And more importantly, we know we can leave the playground games at any time.
With practice, this ability to observe our own thoughts and feelings without judgement or an urgency to change them. In time, we can observe as the spinning wheels and grinding gears slow to a stop. Feel the peaceful stillness of a mind unwound.