EMPTY YOUR MIND…
Many of us think that our mind is designed to host a constant stream of thoughts like a Television and there is nothing we can do about it. The mind is in charge and we just follow. The buzzing of the static can’t stop and we have no control. This is not true.
Your mind is a tool that you can control—if you choose to, there is a remote with a power button. It can be an asset that allows you to experience wonderful things. It can also be a source of pain and misery if you let it fixate on negative thoughts such as fear and all its manifestations, like replaying the same TV show on replay.
An untamed mind lives on feeding the same thoughts and generating the same experiences. You may ask, what’s wrong with this cycle. There is nothing wrong with it if you’re feeling good and experiencing what brings you joy.
But, if you’re reacting based on negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, you won’t have control and you will negatively react most of the time an continue on in the same cycle.
The mind tends to dwell more on the negative than positive, so break the cycle. Break the cycle by releasing what is taking up precious space in your mind and in your heart. Once this process is broken in your mind, you gain perspective. You act, when needed, from clarity and truth. You no longer feed the loop on replay.
An empty mind will always be more:
Aware—embracing the present moment and experience
Peaceful—it doesn’t dwell on the same thoughts
Intuitive—it’s receptive of input from higher sources
Free—from judgment and worry
Creative—allowing inspiration and new ideas to come in
Relaxed—it releases stress and fosters wellbeing
Energized—no effort is wasted on unwanted thoughts
Our best tips to free your mind and declutter, breaking the cycle of constant thinking and worry.
First up, Meditation.
Meditation is the best way to calm your overactive mind. It’s simple and requires only two things—stillness and your willingness to do it. Find a quiet place, at your home, office or even in the car on your lunch break. Set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes. If you’re a beginner start with a shorter interval. Sit upright, on the floor or a chair, close your eyes and start focusing on your breath. Take a few breaths and follow your breath. Think of a few things that you’re thankful for and name them in your mind, then smile. As you continue to smile, follow your breath; inhale and exhale. When your time is up, stop and get on with your day.
Your mind may wander and you will lose focus on your breath. That’s normal. Awareness comes in waves. Just ride it as long as you can, then catch the next wave. Smile while you meditate. If you have a hard time focusing on your breath, start counting with each breath. When you lose count start from one again. By the end of your time you will feel calmer and more at peace. You can handle your day and what comes. You’re open to new thoughts and experiences. As you get more used to meditating, you can explore all sorts of techniques and mantras. What you say is not as important as actually doing it. If you’re just beginning, keep it as simple as possible until it becomes an established routine.
Secondly, try free writing.
When you mind is buzzing and overloaded, grab a scrap piece of paper and write it out. How to do it—start writing/typing about how you feel at this moment. Then let it all out. You can swear and curse to your heart’s content. It’s your time to empty your mind and you’re allowed to say whatever you feel like.
Keep going until there is nothing more for you to say. If you get an insight and feel you just uncovered something profound, write a word representing the new idea a few times.
Don’t stop to highlight what’s important. You will remember it when you’re done if it’s important to you. When you’re done, take a deep breath and then shred your papers or delete what you just typed. Smile. You will definitely feel lighter. You just took a big load off your mind. You may get an insight or an action you need to take, make sure to put such findings in writing in a journal or to do list.
Lastly, physical movement!
Moving the body is a great way to shake up and release stuck energy. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do—as long as you do it with the intention of releasing what’s on your mind. If you like doing cardio, walk, run, ride a bike or dance. If you prefer to do Yoga or Pilates, by all means. The deep breathing and stretching will ease your tension.
Talk to yourself as you exercise. Boost your self-esteem and visualize all the unwanted thoughts leaving when you exhale. With exercise, you release negativity and energize your mind, body and soul. As well your diet affects your mind as much as your body. If you can, consume less alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar and harder to digest foods. Eat the best quality foods you can and pay attention to how your energy level changes.
When you empty your mind, you unlearn and let go of the thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. You open up to higher knowledge and wisdom that come from the source of all that is—love.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~Bruce Lee