Is Your Mind Cluttered? Does it Need a Spring Clean?

Cluttered mind image

I know that sounds like a bit of a personal question. But quite often we’ll have a tidy-up of our desk or our house but we leave our mind full of all sorts of garbage that would be better thrown out.

Of course, you’re probably thinking that’s easier said than done. And, until you get into practice, that’s probably the case.

As with most things like this, it’s best to start with a small item that’s been niggling you rather than the biggest item on your de-clutter list.

Cluttered mind imageThe reason for this is that your mind is likely to fight back on the larger items – it’s actually quite attached to them!

But smaller items are relatively easy to let go of.

And this kind of exercise has a cumulative effect. So even small items count.

It’s often the first few stages of something that take the most effort. Once you get past those initial hurdles, the problem often dissolves, almost of its own accord.

So start by being the big bully and pick on some relatively insignificant thing that’s been loitering in your mind for longer than you’d like it to have done.

Then each time you notice it flashing through your mind, try one of these exercises.

  • Probably the simplest is to just tell it – politely or otherwise – to go away. For small items, that can work nicely so make it your first thought.
  • Another option is to visualise the problem hitching a ride on the breath you exhale. And then imagine that once it leaves the protective atmosphere of your mind, it can’t survive. So it bursts like one of those bubbles you blew as a child, completely harmlessly, leaving no trace.
  • Next up, imagine the problem is placed inside a small ball that is then sealed so it has no chance of escape. Then, in your minds eye, put that small ball into a catapult and fire it as far away from you as possible.

If none of those work then you’ve probably picked on a larger problem than I suggested. In which case, split the problem into its component parts and pick on the smallest one first, then the next smallest and so on.

Decluttering your mind like this will have the effect of making it generally quieter. Whilst only super-heroes like Zen monks get to the stage of having really quiet minds, the rest of us can certainly get close enough to that idyllic state.

And once you’ve learned that trick, you can begin to concentrate on all the nice things you think about instead!

One of the best ways to declutter your mind is with hypnosis (which is relaxing anyway!) – check out this instant download hypnosis MP3 for more details.