How do you clear your mind?

Do you clear your mind? How? With such a great deal going on in this fast paced society, it can be valuable to take time to clear your mind. Most likely you have heard of decluttering space, it is also valuable to declutter your mind. After clearing your mind, you will have room for the ideas you choose. Before that, the thoughts you choose can easily add to all the other thoughts going on in the muddle. The muddle can include frustration with traffic, concern about getting to places on time, worry about what others may think of you, distraction with every email, distress about finances and anything that adds bits of information for you to keep track of. With focus you can clear your mind. You can do that through the use of intention, quieting the internal chatter, emptying your mind and removing yourself periodically from your normal high stimulus environment.

An important beginning is to be explicit about your intention to clear your mind. Rather than just letting thoughts and voices continue to add to the clutter, get precise about what you would like for yourself. Perhaps you would like to produce something like a book, an article, or a vision. Perhaps you would like to hear yourself, your wishes and desires. Perhaps you would just like to clear your mind in order to function more effectively. If you are clear about what you would like, you will be better prepared to recognize when you have it.

A major step to clearing can be to silence the voices prattling in your mind. One large deterrent to clarity is the chatterbox mind that seems to go on incessantly, arguing and stirring things up. The chatterbox mind seems to always have something to say, ever ready to add an opinion or offer a dictate. Clearing your mental slate means quieting the chatterbox mind. To quiet the seemingly constant chatter, you can begin with just saying to that voice that you are finished listening and appreciate the sharing. You appreciate the input and you are now finished with it. The chattering is similar to a two-year-old child—it requires saying the same thing many times to get the message across! Just like with the child, you will be more effective when you divert your mind with the thoughts you would like to put there. Say your mind is berating you for doing something poorly. You could start counting all the things that you did well that day. This task involves creativity. Just like diverting a two-year-old takes creativity. You would hardly tell something to a young child just once and think you have completed the task. The task is really an ongoing project. Ongoing. And ongoing. The chattering recurs every time you let your guard down. It takes discipline to quiet those voices. Ongoing discipline.

Meditation can be useful in emptying the mind. There are many kinds of mediation. Mediation can be a focus of the mind. You can focus on a candle. You can focus on a repetitive motion like a walking mediation. Gardening can be a form of meditation, as you allow your mind to clear and just focus on the tasks of the garden. One set of thoughts only, allowing the rest to pass into the ethers. Repetitive tasks such as painting a wall can have a similar result.

Getting away can be an opportunity to clear the mind. Getting away removes the typical stimuli that you encounter. Removing those stimuli can allow space to think at a deeper level. Some people go away to write books, produce creatively or just to gain clarity about where they would like to go with their lives. These people are creating open spaces for their minds to focus by taking away the distractions of everyday life.

When your mind is cluttered, that is an opportune time to clear the clutter. How do you do that? Get clear about your intention and take action. Quiet the chatter box mind. Meditate in a way that clears your mind. Get away from your routine distractions. Make space for your mind. Your clear mind has valuable information for you. Choose how you can best clear it to access that information.

©Caron MacLane