What is the most resilient parasite?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?"
"Uh...What Mr. Cobb is trying to say--"
"An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate...An idea that is fully formed, fully understood that sticks, right in there somewhere..."
These lines from the opening scene of "Inception" have been playing in my head quite a bit the last couple of days. I've noticed that there are times when I get an idea--specifically about food that gets stuck in my head and will not leave me alone. I do what I can to distract myself, but it isn't enough.
There has to be a better way to deal with the thoughts that invade and keep a tenacious hold on my mind. The only way to eradicate those thoughts is to go through with them (i.e. eat the food that has been on my brain so much)...or at least that's how it seems at times.
I have been searching and searching and searching...and searching some more for ways to eradicate these thoughts from my mind without having to give in to those thoughts. It's been quite discouraging.
People say to try different things--distracting yourself by doing something else. Go drink some water and wait half an hour...go for a walk...get away from the temptation, if possible.
But I'm finding that I'm having trouble with even doing that. And it's been driving me insane.
Perhaps I've bene focusing on it too much...perhaps there is something I'm missing here...who knows the reasons why I have been struggling with this particular area.
Something I hope will work is shifting my focus from food to something else. I'm thinking about focusing on a verse from the Bible and trying to memorize it. I would like to get back into memorizing scripture anyway, and I know from past experience that one of the best way to combat other thoughts is to fill my mind with God's thoughts.
Now, just to pick a verse...