This week is dedicated to ridding ourselves of the old to make space for the new and in the spirit of all things cleaning, this Manifest Monday we’re exploring how to de-clutter our minds.
Have you ever listened to the little voice in your head and realized that it never stops talking? The one that’s saying “yes” or “no” or “what is this lady talking about?” as you read this post right now. That one. It’s the one that clutters our minds with incesent chatter and worry and nothing that’s ever truly important and like a messy room, when we have so much clutter, we can’t see things clearly. We can’t think clearly.
- One thing that might happen with meditation is space. Finding those moments where the internal chatter ceases and there is a nothingness, a no-thing-ness. But how we do begin to clear out our minds? We meditate!
Now one of the greatest hurdles most people face in starting their meditation practise is.. Well.. Starting! It’s why one of the top things I’m asked about my lifestyle is: “how do you meditate?” and I love answering this question because it’s simple: I meditate differently all the time. I do what I feel like that day, in that moment and that’s exactly what I want you to do. Do as you feel! You can’t go wrong. So first things first, forget what it’s supposed to be! It’s not supposed to be anything, no-thing. If you are silent and observant, you have found your om in meditating.
Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you read through my guide to decluttering your mind:
- Shift happens
There is no one outcome to strive for, nothing to expect. Transformative shifts in meditation happen in their own time.
- Meditation is nothing serious, seriously!
Let it be simple, let it be fun, let it come easily. Laugh at the voice in your head, smile to yourself, enjoy it. Meditation is nothing more than sitting and observing. Through serious meditating you will come to see that there is nothing serious about it!
- You are not your thoughts
That voice in your head? You’ll come to know it through meditation and you will see that it is not actually you. When you know this, you can observe it and you won’t take what it is saying so seriously anymore. But don’t force it, simply observe what the voice has to say and put nothing to it, it’s just a voice after all.
- You don’t have to clear your mind
There is no harm in having thoughts. Pay attention to the space between them, eventually that space becomes bigger, but for now, simply choose which thoughts you care to listen to and allow the others to pass. In the same way you would let go of something old in your room, release any thoughts or beliefs that don’t serve you.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
– Deepak Chopra
- Keep at it
To maintain peace and balance and clarity, you must continue to practice the things that bring this to you. Meditation has no finish line, it has no end. Commit to it everyday, if only for 5 minutes a day and it will start to become a habit and eventually, a lifestyle.