After a full day out in the world, stories, words, images, and songs from any number of sources continue to play in our heads hours after we encounter them. Even as we lie in bed, in the quiet dark, our minds continue noisily processing all the input from our day. I call this “Mind Chatter.”
This can leave us feeling unsettled and harassed. It also makes it difficult to take in any new information or inspiration. Like a cluttered house that needs to be cleared if it is to have room for movement and new life, our minds need clearing if they are to be open to new information, ideas, and inspiration.
Too often, the activities we choose to help us relax only add to the clutter. Watching television, seeing a movie, reading a book or talking to a friend all involve taking in more information. In order to really clear our minds, we need a break from mental stimulation.
Activities like exercise, dancing, yoga or taking a long walk help to draw our attention to our bodies, slowing our mental activity enough that our minds begin to settle. Deep breathing is an even simpler way to draw attention away from our mental activities. Once we are mentally relaxed, we can begin the process of clearing our minds.
Most of us instinctively know what allows our minds to relax and release any unnecessary mind clutter. It may be meditation or time spent staring at the stars. Whatever it is, these exercises feel like a cool, cleansing bath for the brain and leave our minds feeling clear and open.
Setting aside time to clear our minds once a day creates a ritual that becomes second nature over time. Our minds will begin to settle with less effort the more we practice.
Ultimately, the practice of clearing our minds allows us to be increasingly more open so that we can focus on what we need to do to grow. If you need guidance on how to get refocused check out the details for our upcoming chiropractic seminar: The Fundamentals of Focus.