No one really knows what races through our thoughts and minds each day.
Some say that the majority of our thoughts are useless and unimportant ones. Perhaps though, there are creative ideas either way, thoughts are much like butterflies, ever flying around from one flower to another, rarely standing still.
Medicines are even given to some who have uncontrollable thoughts, impulses and inclinations in their minds. They actually need assistance controlling and settling their thoughts.
Science tells us the average person has between 6,200 and 80,000 thoughts a day. The numbers vary with a common thought being 72,000 thoughts a day!
If that is true, (Dr. Deepak Chopra thinks it is) that would mean you have:
- 3,000 thoughts per hour
- 50 thoughts per minute
- 1 thought per second
And those thought are fast little suckers; like those fleeting butterflies.
When we receive some sort of sensory stimuli, it takes about 50 milliseconds for our brain to become aware of it. If we are to respond to that stimuli, then that takes 150 milliseconds to take action. (Sciencefocus.com) That is super fast!
I’m sure that you have found all that gobbledygook to be true, each time you sit to try to meditate, or study, or rest quietly.
Your mind and thoughts are racing, and the busier you are, it seems the faster and more distracting the thoughts. So you do your best to allow those butterfly thoughts to stop and still. It is very much like herding cats. Good luck with that.
One last little scientific detail – Psychologists say that “the psychological present” is a window of about 3 seconds. Everything else is past or future. So, the present is only 3 seconds long.
You’ve heard the term… “we need to be present” aka fully engaged in the moment, body soul, mind and spirit. Now we know that present window is only 3 seconds.
We struggle with being present for 3 seconds??!! Focusing for only 3 seconds. Really?
Yep, cuz our mind is so full of thoughts, butterflies, cats needing to be herded.
Can you imagine being the target of all of those thoughts? The object? The intended receiver of each and every one?
Try to, because you actually are.
“Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! O God, your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore.”Psalms 139:17-18
It is estimated that there are roughly 7.5 x 10 to the 18th power, or 7 quintrillion pieces of sand on Earth.
Now realize, that God’s thoughts to YOU are MORE than 7 quintrillion every single moment! In every 3 second, present moment 7 quintrillion thoughts are coming at you. In the next present moment, 7 quintrillion thoughts coming at you.
He is covering you, every moment with innumerable thoughts. He is present for your present moments. In every breath, every beat of your heart, every thought of you mind – He is showering you with loving thoughts. More than you can comprehend.
“How vast is the sum of them”, David said. I couldn’t agree more.
Recently, I was singing a song, who’s lyrics were :
“Is it true that you are thinking of me?” YES! It is true!
Today, be reminded that God is thinking of you, and it is AMAZING!
Over 7 quintrillion times amazing!
Cheers to you.