Day 10: Organizing Your Thoughts, De-Cluttering Your Mind is the final post to the 10 Days of Organization series! This post is brought to you by a very special guest speaker who has discovered what it truly means to de-clutter your mind, first hand. Check out the post below on tips to help de-clutter and de-stress your mind and body.
Day 10: Organizing Your Thoughts, De-cluttering Your Mind
“I was lucky enough to stumble upon meditation when I needed it the most. I’ll first share my journey on discovering mediation.
I was very stressed and all over the place. I had a lot of great ideas, concerns, worries, etc. I knew I wasn’t reaching my potential. My main goal was to start searching the web for stress reduction and time management techniques to better my life. Google here I come, lol.
I started by studying people who I admired and looked up to. What was their secret? What made them tick? Did they do something different from I was doing? One by one, I began looking into habits of successful people. Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Albert Einstein, Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Simmons, Phil Jackson, Steve Job and the list goes on. They all had one common trait. The all meditated. They all had their unique habits, lifestyles and talents. But they all meditated. I was instantly curious. Meditation was used by these great people to ease their minds and focus. My mind traveled at a thousand miles and hour, so to slow down would be a miracle for me. That is where my discovery of mediation began.
What is mediation? From what I have come to understand it, mediation is a technique that allows your mind to calm down. A great analogy for mediation is: every musician must first tune their instrument before they can perform. Your mind your greatest instrument in life. Mediation is tuning your mind for your day.
How To Meditate
There are many meditation techniques, but i’ll give you the basics:
Set a time to meditate. 5-15 minutes in the morning or in the evening. It’s up to you when you meditate. There are no rules. I like to meditate early in the morning, about 15 minutes after waking up.
Pick a comfortable and quite place to meditate. On the floor with a cushion, on a comfortable chair or in bed. Sit up with your back straight. Keeping a good posture will help with breathing. The key is to be as comfortable as possible. Relax your arms and legs. I like to meditate in bed, sitting up with a pillow on my back.
Focus on the breathing. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath, in your nose, hold it for a few seconds and exhale out your mouth slowly. Take 3 of these deep breaths. Get the oxygen in your body. Now focus on your breathing. Feel the breath go in and out. You should start feeling relaxed.
Clear your mind and be self-aware. I must admit, it’s a little bit tough at first and takes a couple of sessions to master this. Thoughts will pop in your mind. Don’t worry, it’s normal. When a thought pops in your mind, acknowledge it’s there, then let it pass. The more times you meditate, the easier it gets. Don’t get frustrated, just try to relax and be at peace.
Benefits of Meditation
Reduces Stress (stress is terrible on the body physically)
Increases the gray matter in your brain (good thing) From the NY Times
May Reduces heart related conditions (by reducing stress) From WebMD
AND SO MUCH MORE
This is the extremely short list of positive effects of mediation. I have personally felt all of the above benefits. The best part of mediation is: It doesn’t hurt you.
I hope I have introduced something great into your life. I feel like a different person after learning about meditation. Different in the sense that i’m more patient and don’t react negatively to situations. I’m able to gather my thoughts and act rationally. I’m more focused and determined than I have ever been.
I was skeptical myself, but in the end, I found a free tool to improve my quality of life. I hope you improve your’s too.
If you find this interesting or would like to hear more from me, i can write a follow-up post.
Thanks for reading!”
I hope you have enjoyed this organizational series. If you tried at least one thing from any part of this series, then I have done my job! Feel free to comment below about your thoughts on the 10 Days!
A very special thank you to Rui S. for being the special guest speaker for the 10th Day of Organization.
There are tons of great things coming to A Lot on Your Plate in the next up coming weeks so be sure to check back for that and some exciting news!
To check out Days 1 – 9 , click here!