It can be a real challenge to clear your mind living in today’s modern world. It is important to have a clear mind because it is one of the secrets to happiness. A clear mind is by nature tranquil, calm and quiet and exudes a great force of positive energy. Hence, it is not easily disturbed by negative thought patterns. That is one of the reasons why a clear mind is a perfect stranger to boredom, since boredom often stems from a lack of positive energy.
But there are other benefits as well. You will begin to notice an increase in your capacity to absorb information – a real help if you are studying or learning a new subject. You will get more satisfaction from your work and the various tasks you busy yourself with during the day, because your concentration allows you to be fully absorbed in the work itself without your mind distracting you with its usual worries and anxieties.
Indeed, you will discover that work itself is joy, activity is joy, movement is joy. Aside from that, you will also be able to accomplish much more in the span of a single day, for you will complete each task much faster if you are concentrated and focused.
In this blog, I will discuss the five things you can do to have a clear mind. In a future blog, I will write about the next five.
1. Practice meditation
Through the practice of meditation, you will find that you will have less and less random thoughts during your waking hours. Notice your thoughts before you meditate and after you have meditated.
2. Focus on your breath
This is a simple technique that you can do anywhere and at anytime. It requires no special tools or preparation. By focusing on your breath for a few minutes a few times throughout the day, you will have less stress and anxiety. Your mind will be clear and you will be more relaxed.
3. Live in the present moment
Most of our thoughts are about anything other than what we are doing right now. I am sure this has happened to you. You will be driving to some destination and not realize it until you have arrived. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to our thoughts. We might be thinking about what we are going to have for lunch and then all of a sudden be thinking about our upcoming vacation. You can play a game with yourself by bringing your mind back to the present every time it wanders away.
4. Focus on the positive
Most of our thoughts are negative and self-destructive. Whenever you have a negative thought, you must not ‘own’ it. You must try to disassociate yourself from these negative thoughts otherwise it will bring you down into a lower state of mind. An easy way to remove negative thoughts from your mind is to replace it with something positive and uplifting. If you have never done this before, it will take practice.
5. Spend time in nature
When you just can’t clear your mind, one of the best things you can do is to go for a walk in nature. Go to a place where there is not too many people. You will find that your thoughts will begin to slow down when you are surrounded by a natural environment. Nature also has an ability to rejuvenate and re energize us. We have lost our ability to get in touch with nature by living in this modern technological world. It is important to spend some time in nature as often as you can to connect yourself with your true spirit.