December 30, 2015
Do you ever let the garbage in your house overflow?
My guess is no.
Like most people, when your garbage can is full, you probably throw it out into a larger garbage can outside. Then every week or so, a garbage company comes and picks it up, right?
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you chose to stop taking out the garbage at your house?
If you just decided one day, for whatever reason, to let it pile up?
It would look unsightly, your floors and living area would be cluttered, and certain parts of the garbage would become moldy, stinky and rotten. Yuck! Just thinking about it makes me cringe.
I don’t think most people would last long in a house full of trash, yet this is EXACTLY what most people do with their minds; instead of emptying their heads of the mind trash of negative thoughts and beliefs, judgments and other things, they allow these things to build up. And up. And up. Eventually, the environment of their mind becomes like that moldy, stinky, rotten garbage-filled house I mentioned above. It’s not the best place to foster positive thinking if you know what I mean. Yet positive thinking is ESSENTIAL for happiness and peace.
I believe anyone can learn to become more positive – I did it myself – and there’s a lot of research to back up that belief.
It’s easier than you might think. I have hundreds of tools I can share to help you become more positive, happy and peaceful, and today I’m going to share one of the most effective with you: I call it the DIY Mind Sweep. I’m sharing this one today because I’ve been on a real clutter-clearing kick and it’s the end of the year – a great time to let go of old, outdated things.
Okay, are you ready to learn an easy, practical trick anyone can do at any time to lighten their stress and irritation in just a few minutes??
1. Grab a sheet of paper and something to write with or open a new Word document on your computer.
2. At the top of the paper, write today’s date and “DIY Mind Sweep”.
3. Underneath the header, write down anything that is bothering you, from minor irritations such as the grocery store being out of your favorite cereal to major issues like losing your job or a relationship breakup. Some basic ground rules: do not worry about spelling or if what you write down makes sense. You may write full sentences or you may just write words that don’t even appear to go together. Just let it flow. Really allow yourself to be as open as possible and do not judge yourself. If you do, try not to judge yourself for judging! I recommend setting a timer for 5-7 minutes on this one, but you’re welcome to go longer if you feel the need.
If you do this once a day, you will see your life change DRASTICALLY. Just like your home would change drastically if you allowed your trash to overflow and then you decided to pick it up, your mind will change drastically if you start cleaning it up. You will start seeing patterns in what you write and what bothers or triggers you, and you feel confident and better about yourself from spending a few minutes on this a day because it is a caring, nurturing and loving activity for yourself. And anytime you give to yourself through a caring, nurturing, loving activity, you will see this mirrored back to you from the outside world. I can’t explain how it happens, it just does. And it feels amazing!
Along with doing the DIY Mind Sweep every day, I recommend doing it weekly, quarterly and yearly. I think of these as “proactive maintenance sessions”, kind of like when you have a fall or spring clean up at your house to get rid of debris that falls outside the parameters of your daily sessions.
Whether you create a daily Mind Sweep right now or one for the end of the year, I encourage you to take a few minutes and go for it! It’s a beautiful gift to give yourself anytime, especially at the end of the year!
What “mind trash” do you need to let go of for 2015?
Personally, I need to continue letting go of a need for approval, and second-guessing my writing topics.
How about you?
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Happy New Year!
P.S. You are awesome and I am so glad you’re a member of my community! Here’s to you and a fantastic, abundant 2016!