“The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Sometimes I fear I have a parasite, while in fact I know I don’t.
Do you recognise this? Maybe not the parasite part (at least I hope you don’t!), but what about that panicky feeling that rises when your health might be in danger?
I know I overthink. I know I over-worry. I know I get crazy at times and let that craze carry me away a little too far.
I know ALL this, yet I can’t stop it from happening occasionally.
It’s the struggle between thinking and feeling. How do you know if your mind is right? And how do you know it isn’t?
As far as parasites go, there are empiric ways to verify if your mind is pulling one on you or not. And I am happy to say my gut feeling’s always been right about this one so far (“You got nada”).
But what about the more important matters in life?
For instance, I was excited when I decided to simmer my business-building activities and focus on boiling out my health issues first. But even if I currently put in minimal work regarding my coaching escapades they still eat away at me by telling my head what I do is not enough.
I know I made the right decision – you cannot take care of others if you don’t function properly yourself – but sometimes it feels as if I didn’t.
I guess the trick is to find a certain balance between your head and your heart in everything you do.
And when that doesn’t stop your inner critic from complaining, tell it you’ve possibly got a parasite. See how quickly that shuts the little sucker up 😉
I’m kidding! Parasites are not funny. But the fear of having one swiftly put my mind back into priority-mode.
First things first. Always.
My health comes first. Always.