"A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the toughest road." Thomas Carlyle
I love information. From the time I was able to read, I was the over achiever in reading. If the teacher had us read a book a week, I read 5. Of course, this was in the day before computers and non paper books. Today, like many people, I get overwhelmed with how much information is available. We have hardcover, softcover, e-books, audio books, teleseminars, webinars, radio shows and TV shows with summaries of information or highlights of book content. We have blogs and comments on websites that give us more information. So what has this got to do with purpose?
With all the "noise" in the world, it is important to disconnect and clear all the mind chatter and ask:
- Am I in the present moment?
- Are my goals for today, this week, this month, this year mine?
- Am I going through the motions of living or do I have a clear vision for a life of excellence?
- Am I focused on what was or what could be?
- Am I upset with anyone or myself and am I continually replaying the event in my mind?
Clearing clutter allows action. Most of us clear the clutter we see...we clear and organize our homes, offices, closets, cars, drawers but when it comes to the clutter in our mind we don't really see it although,it does out picture in actions or inaction. Beginning a daily practice that clears our mind clutter helps us raise our energy to present moment. When we are in the present moment we are more open to creativity and right action. Clearing mind clutter brings our thoughts into focus allowing for more immediate actions and results...just like when you have too many papers and files...it's takes more time to locate what you are looking for...same thing in your brain...free up the space...just like the garden that has too many untrimmed plants and trees...trim them for easy access.
What can you do to clear mind clutter? Here's some suggestions that have worked for me or what others have shared that work for them:
1. Walking (or running) with your hands pointed to the ground and releasing all thoughts that don't serve you and lovingly release them into the earth.
2. Keep a journal and before going to sleep write down the thoughts that you need to release and write down the thoughts that are focused on intended goals.
3. Take a piece of paper and write all the things that are disturbing you then burn it and consciously release your attachment to them.
4. Begin a daily practice of learning something new. This keeps the mind in the present moment.
5. Use a guided meditation that walks you through releasing the thoughts and words that no longer serve you.
When you listen to your inner voice that calls to you to clean out your house, a closet, a drawer, your car or your office, remember it might also be a reminder that it's also time to clear out the clutter in your mind.