Mind, just like every container, accumulates stuff and with it, the clutter. And even so, in a time where humans process far more amounts of information, relationships, emotions than it did just a century ago, which means, we are skipping a lot and letting the mess stay, and almost never clearing it.
So, it becomes utter important to clear your mind, and keep it that way, as much as possible so that it retains balance. But, how does your mind clutter itself? By unnecessary information it retains through sensual organs.
1. Listen to your thoughts – Most people ignore their thoughts. They’ve no idea what their mind keeps talking as they keeping up with their routine. Your mind is always talking to you, accumulating each and every observation and trying to convey it through your brain. Observe your thoughts.
What are you thinking right now? What story keeps playing backstage? Simple observations will help you decrease clutter. This very simple technique will help you unclutter your mind easily.
2. Listen to your body – When we’re hurt, all our attention is focused subconsciously on the hurt organ. Listening to your body means trying to mindfully meditate upon your body, sensual organs, feeling of your clothes, feeling of toughing the keyboard. It is very important that you spend some time everyday listening to your body, before it stops listening to you.
3. Recognize and Alter Negative Clutter – In relationships, we live in a duality. We like and dislike many people in the world, but generally the problem is that most people think about people they dislike more than they think of people they actually like.
They constantly churn the negative emotions inside the brain and have no control over themselves to alter it. Keeping your mind uncluttered starts with forgiveness.
If you are overwhelmed about a person or his behaviour, try altering that emotion to something like “He is doing his best and there is nothing more he can do about it.” A simple alteration in your thoughts will reap you peace of mind and enough time to consider things that actually matter to you.
4. Focus on the present – If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu. Try to live in the present. The more your mind deviates from the present, the harder it’ll become to keep your life on track.
5. Make a final choice – Too many choices confuse the brain. It makes you feel insecure and sometimes irrelevant in the face of those choices. The best way is to take a decision, make that choice and stick by it. A cluttered mind procrastinated, not only because it is filled with chaos, but because it loses control over the priorities it is supposed to handle.
Takeaway? Listen to your body, your feelings, constantly recognize and alter negative emotions, focus on the present priorities and make that hard choice anyway! Illustration by Braden Kowitz via Flickr