A Mind in Chaos

Chaos: a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.

Order: a state of clarity, organization, stability, structure and predictability.

Is it possible to live a life of fulfillment if one’s brain and mind are not operating in an orderly way? The purpose of this article is to address this question. First, let’s be clear about the meaning of an orderly mind and a chaotic mind.

An orderly mind is one that helps a person handle life’s frustrations effectively. With an orderly mind, we make wise decisions. We bounce back from disappointments and failures. We do not let harmful emotions control our behavior and thoughts. We conduct relationships with respect. We take responsibility for our actions.

A chaotic mind is not capable of doing what an orderly mind can do. The chaotic mind cannot always focus on a task. It lacks the ability to set goals and follow through. A chaotic mind has difficulty solving problems and making smart decisions. It leads one to enter unhealthy relationships that produce problems for everyone involved. It is only concerned with satisfying present needs, and cannot predict the consequences of impulsive choices.

A chaotic mind can operate in any number of ineffective ways which will produce unwanted emotions. The chaotic mind can race. It can get stuck obsessing on one issue. It can be clouded, fuzzy, unable to concentrate. It can be blinded by anger, sadness or fear. It can freeze up when it’s time to make a decision or address a problem.  It can be so self-focused that it is unaware of other people’s needs, rights or feelings.

Surely, there’s more to it than the brief descriptions above. Now, consider an idea that’s been proposed by many great thinkers. That is, the quality of your life – your health, your financial status, your work satisfaction, your relationships and so on – are a direct reflection of the nature of your mind. In other words if your life is in disorder, it is likely that your mind is in disorder. This does not mean you have a mental disorder. It may merely mean that certain aspects of your thinking, your beliefs and your emotional responses are out of whack. 

Whenever a person senses any of the three big unwanted emotions – sadness, anger or fear/anxiety – that person will be wise to look inward and ask whether his or her mind is in disarray. This requires absolute honesty and the courage to see oneself in terms of what is really happening. Sadly, some folks can’t do it.

But maybe you can. If you are experiencing distress that you can’t seem to handle, it might be time to take an honest look at yourself. If you  would like help in this exploration, be encouraged. This kind of problem is not as tough as you might think. It would be an honor to be of service, and I invite you to reach out, when and if you’re ready, by calling (219) 309-3928 for a brief no-cost consultation.

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