Are you ready to de-clutter your mind to receive the clarity you crave?
Ever feel your brain is on overload? Like you can’t even hear yourself think? Like you’re spinning in circles going nowhere? That’s because of all the mental clutter taking up space in your mind.
To do lists, reminders, ideas, limiting beliefs, concerns, plans, dreams and so much more. We’re so used to multi-tasking and multi-thinking that we don’t even notice how noisy it can get in there.
Mental clutter disconnects us from our true selves, our heart’s desires, our purpose and what matters most. We end up confused and blocked from the clarity, focus and sense of purpose we need to move forward to create the lives we want to live.
Think of it this way. You’re in the car driving to an unknown place. There’s traffic on the road and it’s getting dark. The music is playing, the kids are laughing in the back seat, the dog is barking, your husband is calling and you’re trying to listen to the GPS to get directions to your destination. That’s what it’s like in our minds much of the time.
Before you can get the wisdom, insights, and clarity you want; you need to clear the clutter and quiet the noise.
Here are some easy ways to get started. You can use these exercises in the morning to set your day, before bed to empty your mind for better sleep, or as needed when you just need that boost of clarity to help you make decisions.
# 1: Be Still & Ask for Guidance
Researching, asking for help, scrolling on Facebook, and talking to friends can be very helpful. Yet sometimes, it can put us on information overload. Sometimes we have so much information and advice that it can be overwhelming. That’s when we need to stop, unplug, and go within.
Start by finding a place without distractions. Quiet your mind. Journal, brain dump or meditate. Once your mind is clear, ask for guidance. Connect with God, the universe, your inner wisdom, or the calling of your soul. Meditate on what brings you peace, comfort, and relaxation. Imagine a running stream, beaches, walking in nature. Picture yourself in a calm place and open your heart to receive the answers you seek. Deliberately ask God to guide you.
Here are some questions to ask to get you started.
- What is most important now?
- What do I really need in my life to feel fulfilled?
- What would bring me peace, freedom, and joy?
- What’s the next right step for me to make it happen?
- Who do I need to become to live my best life?
Write down any ideas or thoughts that come to mind. Use them as a guide for you to move forward in the best direction for you.
# 2: Figure Out Your Priorities
There are times when everything seems important. We can’t decide what really matters, so we end up confused and spinning our wheels. An easy way to gain perspective is to categorize everything that’s in your mind.
Set a timer for 10 Minutes. Close your eyes and wait. Within a few seconds, your mind will be flooded with all your ideas and thoughts. Write each one down on a piece of paper, your computer or in a journal. Do not edit anything. Write down whatever comes up; no matter how silly or random it may seem.
Once your 10 minutes are over, review your list. Separate your different thoughts and ideas into the three columns. Column 1: Issues that are urgent and must be addressed now. Column 2: Issues that are important and need to be addressed in the next month. Column 3: Issues that are on “the list,” but can wait until you have time.
By organizing your thoughts, you’ll feel more relaxed and have greater clarity about what matters most. Whatever your priorities are, use them to help you make better decisions for your life.
# 3: Release To Receive
We need to release the thoughts and ideas that no longer serve us to make room to receive the ones that do. Journaling is a great way to do this. Writing down your thoughts, worries, fears, and challenges enables you to clear your mind and detach from the emotions around them.
Even though you’re still thinking of these things as you write, it diffuses their power once you put them on paper. It’s like you’re watching the situation from a distance, rather than living in the middle of it.
Try setting aside time each day to get rid of whatever thoughts, ideas or beliefs that are cluttering your mind and causing you stress. The more we let go of our negative, destructive, and limiting beliefs, the easier it is to gain the wisdom, inspiration, peace, and clarity we crave to make positive choices for our lives.
It’s also helpful to journal regularly about a topic or issue until you feel peace about it or can let it go. Simply letting it out is healing because we’re relieved of the burden of keeping it all inside.
# 4: Pray It Out
There are times that we hold onto worries, fears, issues or beliefs because we have no idea where to “put” them. We believe they are our responsibility to figure out or fix. But, sometimes we are powerless to do anything concrete about the.
That when you need to Pray It Out. A fun way to do that is to create a God Jar. Buy a glass jar or box and write “For God To Figure Out.” Take all you fears, issues, worries and write them on separate pieces of paper with the date. Pray over each one and put it in the jar/box. Trust that God will handle it and let go of the outcome.
Don’t look at what you put in the jar for at least a month. Then go back and open some of your concerns. I bet you’ll be surprised by how many of them have been resolved.
# 5: Create A “Home” For Your Ideas
If you’re anything like me, your brain is filled with inspirations, possibilities, and visions most of the time. I have SO many ideas that I don’t know what to do with them. I used to write them on Post-Its, in journals, on my phone notes and then forget where I put them.
Then I developed a “Home” for all my ideas to keep them in one place, so they are easy to find. This way, they’re out of my head and into a storage system that I can use when I’m ready. I personally use folders in Dropbox because I can add to them from any computer or my phone; and I just like Dropbox. You can use whatever works for you.
The most important thing is that you create a system that gets your awesome ideas out of your mind and into one place where you can access them when you’re ready.
Some final thoughts….
I hope these 5 tips have helped you figure out how to free up some space in your mind. The goal of all these exercises is to get your thoughts, ideas, concerns and plans out of your head and onto paper, your computer, or your phone.
This will create some breathing room and the space you need to receive the answers and clarity you crave.
Keep notes on the insights that you receive and use them to direct your path and decisions moving forward.
If you’re feeling up to it, I’d love to hear from YOU.
Let me know which of the exercises above were the most helpful and about any insights that may have come to you.
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