With the importance wellbeing becoming more noticed and accepted in recent years, we’re often told how we should integrate mindfulness into our daily lives. Mindfulness can translate in many ways to different people, but the principle is based on awareness of what’s going on around us and in our heads. There are several million and one articles over the web on awareness and how beneficial it is to your life, helping with stress, anxiety, life management, happiness and acceptance (this list could go on forever, really). It’s a shame however that nearly all of them completely miss the most important and crucial aspect.
Awareness is a funny thing. Yes, it can indeed change your life for the better and is vital to life management in general, but it doesn’t fix everything. There is even such a thing as being ‘too aware’. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss, although it’s definitely not recommended.
We can practice awareness for a long time but it still bring us no closer to moving forward. It’s all well and good being aware of everything in our minds and every aspect of a situation but that can make things awfully noisy upstairs, causing clouds to creep in denying you to see everything for what it really and truly is.
This is where we need clarity.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have clarity, something we don’t even recognise until the sudden crystal clear understanding of everything hits us in the face. It’s life changing being able to mentally be above everything, looking down at your life and seeing everything for what it is. This is where we make the best decisions and enables us to ride over the speed bumps life likes to throw at us occasionally. It doesn’t make the big situations any less important, instead it helps you to deal with them a lot better. There’s also the lesson of what really is important in life and what’s not.
I have always been very self aware. It wasn’t until I started receiving the right therapy a couple of years ago that I realised how self awareness in the extreme can actually be a bad thing. Self awareness is generally a positive thing, but when you’re aware and analysing every single thought and feeling even from years previous you can accidentally harm your mind and make it not such a nice place to be. The same goes for situations in life, your head can become full of noise and static even though you have a firm grip on everything. My life changed forever the second I felt true clarity.
It was in fact gifted to me through practicing Reiki. My mind became crystal clear and even washed away nearly all of the “Brain fog” I get from having MS. The only way I can describe it is as if I’ve been pulled up on top of a mountain and I’m looking down, all the clouds beneath me just disappeared and I could see everything below. For example not just houses and trees, but in the windows of the houses, even a cat walking across a road. I know it sounds a bit ‘out there’ but stick with me! Reiki balances you in such a way that it changes people’s lives, it certainly has mine and others around me. I cannot recommend it enough for everyone but I appreciate that a lot of people don’t think it’s for them. There are however still ways you can help clear up the noise! No matter your age, gender, job or hectic schedule you can still do it.
-Take time for yourself-
I touched on this in my post Knocking on the sky. Meditation isn’t just sitting cross-legged under a tree chanting “Om”, meditation is simply the art of taking the time to just be and allowing your mind to wander around. The only thing you should be concentrating on is your breath and you can even do this whilst walking which is a great way to break the day up. If you can’t get away much make an effort to at least take your lunch outside of your office. Spending some quality time with yourself even for half an hour will benefit your mind and make getting the day done a little easier. The trick is to make this a regular practice at least once a day and before long you will be amazed at how much it helps.
Take time also to look after yourself! I’m not talking about pampering, I’m talking about making yourself happy. Start doing something new that you enjoy, be it a hobby or a little adventure. On the subject of adventures, if you can get away somewhere even just for a night that is a fantastic opportunity to practice all of the above with the added bonus of being somewhere new. An accelerated reset for the mind!
There’s nothing like a good life purge. Having a massive clear out is a great way to clear the mind, and in turn make time for yourself even better by being in a fresh and calmer environment. Rearrange your life a little if you can, mix up routines and expand your circles a little more. If a lot of your social time is spent with work colleagues for example, can you ever truly leave work? Do activities with people who distract you and allow your head a break. It’s all the right kind of fuel to shed light on everything in front of you.
And speaking of fuel, for goodness sake NOURISH yourself. Nourish your body and your mind is nourished too. Limit caffeine, fast food, salty food, processed food and drink as much water as possible. You’d be amazed at how much your diet affects your mind and your ability to think clear.
Practising these suggestions as regularly as you can in your life will help clear your clouds whilst also benefiting all areas of your life. You already have the torch, you just need to find the button to turn it on.