Thinking Problem

We are misusing our brains. What is a brain, anyway? A roundish mass of “grey matter” as the scientists say, made up of microscopic neurons, all connecting to other neurons using electro-chemical means by which to send messages to one another. My apologies to the scientists among my readership who had to endure that simplistic account of the brain.

So, what is the best way to use our brains? Of course, we know that we must use them or lose them, as the saying goes. We must exercise them! Continue learning! Keep those existing neurons firing! Create new neurons by learning unfamiliar skills! Take a class! Yadda, yadda, yadda. You know the drill. Whatever you do, certainly avoid sitting on your couch, watching the tube every night. (Does anybody say that anymore, tube?) Literally, the brain doesn’t fire much at all during that time. Which is why many people do just that, watch the tube. This brings me to my point.

In this overwhelming world, where simply bringing in the snail mail can trigger an episode of major depression, how can we use our brains to achieve peace? Aside from binge-watching episodes of Friends, how can we get a break from the pressure and uncertainty of planet earth? We can use alcohol, use denial (very handy), use food, and shop the internet, all in an effort to shut down the frontal lobes. All of these are okay, in limited quantities.

But what about those of us who have a Thinking Problem? Think, think, think, all day long, and for some, all night long. Oye. Yes, it’s good to use the noggin for figuring out strategy, creating a prize-winning meal, and daily simple problem solving. Certainly, it was designed to do just that. But, notice when thinking is achieving nothing of benefit. How often does that happen during the binge-thinking episodes?

Many moons ago, in Psychology 101, I learned a new use for the term “incubation.” It’s when we put aside a dilemma, refusing to think about it. After a time, a solution will inevitably pop into our consciousness, seemingly out of nowhere. How does that happen, you ask? Well, in my belief, nowhere is an actual place. Sigmund Freud, the father of Psychoanalysis, termed this nowhere the unconscious. He was certainly onto something. God wired our brains to think, but He also wired them to allow us to hear his soft voice. THAT, in my opinion, is the main function of the nowhere. How can we hear God when the thoughts are flying like those scary monkeys in the Wizard of Oz, and the volume is on BLAST? Lately, my spiritual practice has been to notice when I am overthinking, consciously shut down the thoughts, and move on silently through the day, trusting that God has got my back. Readers, won’t you join me in this practice? Just stop thinking. Just be. It’s a silent prayer to our Father God that we trust Him, that we are putting ourselves in sync with Him and his plans for our lives. Allow Him the use of your brain, allow him to occupy this vital organ. Get out of His way, for goodness sake. Literally. God’s direction for us is the purpose of the nowhere. We are hard-wired to be under His control at all times. Let Him in. What a relief.

Hello, my name is Judi Ruth, and I have a thinking problem. But I believe in God. I believe in the nowhere. I believe God has wonderful plans for me within his fabulous kingdom!

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