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Satisfying your emotional hunger (without food)
How many mornings have you opened up your eyes, got out of bed, made breakfast, and brushed your teeth while thinking about something else?
Every day, we are lost in thoughts about something we should have done.
We spend our entire lives thinking about what we already did or are going to do, and we completely miss what we wanted to do.
This lack of attention leads to an emotional hunger that we can't quite name. We think that it's about something we don't have yet — a new purse, or car, or thin thighs — when it's really something that is unfolding right in front of our eyes.
The more present you become in your life, you realize emotional hunger isn’t about accumulating stuff; it's about noticing what we already have and already are.
Like a car moving in traffic side to side, thoughts bounce around in your head all day — one happening faster than the next.
When trying to follow your thoughts, it’s easy to get lost in memories, fantasies, grudges, frustrations, and disappointments. There is no solid ground, no handle to hold on to, no way of being present this very second.
I’m encouraging you to start paying attention to yourself. Focus on achieving that one single metric that will just move the needle for you.
This will help you develop an awareness in your body and bring your mind back to the present moment; it will allow the thoughts to stop swirling and give you an immediate sense of calm on a firm foundation.
When you are present, you will notice nothing is missing. Time slows. And the reason is that it's our thoughts — our crowded, worried minds — that make us feel chaotic.