As you may have gathered from my original post about the big three, I tend to let my mind wander and chase flights of fancy. I like to let my mind just go and see where it takes me. That doesn’t mean that I don’t see the positive side to having a clear mind. And I don’t always think that these are the things that gunk up our minds.
- Practice mindfulness
- Put the phone down
- Try to do one thing at a time
- Focus on the positive
- Let go of the negative
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this because I wasn’t sure what I would consider a clear mind and what would help me achieve it. I’ve played with a lot of these things before, though, and it was time to admit that I needed to stick to them.
Mindfulness and doing one thing at a time go hand in hand but are completely different things. When I try to be in the present, I find it easier to focus and I feel less anxiety. I even end up feeling energized. Doing one thing at a time helps me to stay mindful and also helps me focus.
I know that I have a phone problem. It’s gotten really bad. I love my phone and I love my phone games and I’m not talking about giving them up. What I AM talking about is not aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook because I’m bored or tired. I bet we all do this, pull up FB and scroll until our eyes are glazed and we’re drooling. Less time on my phone, more time in the world or in a book.
Finally, my last two go together too. You can’t ignore the negative, but you can acknowledge it and let it go, just like those pesky thoughts that pop up while meditating. I find myself bogged down with negative self talk and useless worries a lot. I don’t want that junk in my life! When things are tough, I want to focus on the positive kernel that has to be in there somewhere. There’s always a silver lining.
Brains are important, you guys. I use mine a lot. I just want to keep that machine a little better oiled.