Anyone ever ask you, perhaps somewhat off handedly, what’s new? Do you find that your usual response is “not much” or “same old same old”? What if you took the case that it’s all new? Every moment is new. Then what would you say in response to that question? You might at least pause, and allow the question to initiate a neural pathway to creatively respond.
However, there is something that might get in the way. How about 60,000 thoughts a day! How many do you think are new thoughts?
Out of the 60,000 thoughts we have each day, the National Science Foundation reports that 95% of them are recycled. So it’s no wonder that we often respond to the question, “what’s new?”, with an old thought pattern.
I don’t know how the research was done, but for those of you who have a practice to quiet the mind, like meditation, or have participated in a silent retreat, this is hardly a revelation. Our minds chatter on as if they have a life of their own.