When My Mind is Racing

When My Mind is Racing

I went to sleep last night with my mind racing, and when I woke up this morning, it was still racing around–worrying about this and that, unable to focus or think straight about my logical next step. 7 years ago Rabbi Nivin referred to this confused, overwhelmed mental state as: “Having too many windows open” cause back then, if too many windows and programs were open on your computer, the computer would start working really slow, overwhelmed-mind style. The solution, Rabbi Nivin suggested, is simple: wait until you calm down and your mind clears and then try to problem-solve whatever needs problem-solving.

Here below is an additional suggestion I received from my friend this week for coping with racing minds. I tried it this morning, and it helped…


  1. Ooh I like that. That’s like one of my chizuk cards that sat “focus on now”

  2. I love the feet analogy! Its excellent spot-on advice!

  3. Wherever your feet are – your mind should be as well.
    What does that mean?

    • it means that you should focus on where you are “standing” instead of racing around in the endless circles of thoughts. it’s a way to force our minds to stop running and focus on one thing. starting with focusing on where we “stand” right now is one technique to stop the race….

    • if you are in your kitchen with your children and your thoughts are racing around (to the bank, to your work, to North Korea) you bring your thoughts back to your kitchen, to your children. It’s an exercise that encourages mindfulness

  4. I’m sorry, I don’t understand.

  5. “stand” – spiritually? or what?

  6. Thanks for the explanation. That makes more sense now and is definitely something I can relate to.

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