Sunday, 30 January 2011
How To Achieve A Calm Mind
The disquiet mind agitates you. It ruffles and rattles you. There always seems to be a feeling of not being in control hanging over you. And you are left stressed.
Before your bewildered mind leads you to stress and before stress brings with it psychological and physiological disease, you must learn to calm your mind.
So how do you calm your mind? You can start by:
1. De-cluttering. Look around your house and your workplace. Are there papers and items that you know you have no use for? Throw them away. Be ruthless. This simple task of throwing away old papers, either work related or personal, can free up so much space and a clear working space helps to achieve a clear calm mind. De-cluttering is a science as well as an art and many books have been written on this. This short article can never cover all the techniques. A book that I would recommend on this is “How To Simplify Your Life” by Tiki Kustenmacher and Lothar J. Seiwert .
2. List everything. Yes, this simple and often overlooked technique can do wonders to free-up your mind. List down things that you want to do the next day on the end of every day. List down everything you want to do next week before the end of the present week. The same for the months and years. Have a list for things you want to do in your life. List down your goals and look at it often.
What is written down relieves your mind from storing it in your short term memory and cluttering it.
3. Focus. After writing down your list, you must go about and completing the tasks you have set for yourself. When you do this, focus only at the task at hand. It is normal that your mind will start wandering. You will be tempted by the phone call you want to make, the cup of coffee or the fax you are waiting for. Push all thoughts that not related to the task that is looking at. Develop the self discipline to concentrate doing one thing at a time.By having focus, you will discover that you need less time to accomplish a task. This leaves you with more time to do other things in your life.
4. Make time for yourself. Every day, for fifteen to twenty minutes, go to a place where you can be with yourself. Think about the things you have done for that day, the people you have met. Let your feelings go. This is the time you be true to yourself. This is the time, you don’t have to act or put on a show. This is the time you don’t have to impress anyone. Just be yourself. Let go.
A calm mind is necessary if you want your thinking to be clear. A calm mind is useful in a world that panics easily. A calm mind is your greatest ally in a world that is pushing and pulling you every day. A calm mind makes all things possible.