70,000 * 40% = The majority of your waking hours
- 70,000 thoughts a day (average human being)
- 40%: conscious time spent in habitual behavior / thought.
Math Wizards: Assuming we spend 1 second / thought, how much time daily do we spend playing the tapes of habitual thoughts?
Kudos! A gold star for anyone who concluded ALMOST 10 HOURS.
Bonus Question: If you sleep 8 hours, what % of our waking hours are spent living in the past (which is the birthing center of habit)? That’s right – 62.5%
What I’ve grappled with, tried to defy, and earnestly studied is STOPPING THE MIND. And I’m here to report, sadly, that for the typical human being, this is not possible. Slowing the mind? Creating space between thoughts? Tapping into quietness of mind? With much disciplined practice. Stopping the mind? This defies the higher order purpose of our brain.
Now, back to the power of the habit or samsara. Samasara is the subconscious adhesion to repetition of cycles. Often we consider habits to be negative; however, we all have habits that serve us well (ie: brushing our teeth).
And thank goodness for habits! Otherwise, every moment would be a decision between a mountain of choices. Should I brush my teeth with my rotary brush or my manual? Maybe I should use my finger? I wonder if I should use wintergreen or cinnamon? Flouride or no flouride? Warm water or cool? Should I rinse before or after I brush? 90 seconds or 2 minutes? Holy Tax The Brain Moly.
If our mind is going to think and we are naturally bent towards habit, what if we could shift our habit? Instead of investing time and energy on the impossible, perhaps we could simply redeploy that energy to creating space in our minds, replacing negative internal chatter with positive, & use an intention of love and light as our focus.
What if you replaced the tape “I’m not smart enough” with “I am uniquely capable of living the life I envision for myself,” or “I’m stressed because there aren’t enough hours in the day” with “I am committed to using my time and thus my life in the most purposeful way.” What if we replaced numbering our neurosis with counting our blessings and listing our grievances with celebrating both the dark and the light?
Far fetched? It doesn’t sound as ridiculous as allowing our thoughts to overrun our life and how we see ourselves without intervention. We are willing to spend time on instagram and ruminations of the past – why not assume it natural to spend time on letting go of stories that limit our joy?
Imagine if you could use those ten hours positively & impactfully. What would shift in your life?