“The most difficult thing to learn is something you think you know already”
We think that we are our thoughts. In fact, Descartes even went so far as to say “I think, therefore I am”. It’s tricky then to know yourself only as space. Yet it is the space in your mind, that allows thought to even be. This space is who you are, not the thought that lavishly sits in that space. A thought, any thought is your servant. If it does not serve you, then it has no place in your beautiful mind. Instead, make a little space in your mind and come to know who you are beyond thought.
On an average day, roughly what percentage of your thinking is redundant, unhelpful and repetitive? In other words it’s not necessary to your achieving anything that day.
And on an average day, roughly what percentage of your thinking is productive and helpful to your making the most of your day?
Don’t get caught up working out these percentages, a rough estimate is enough.
Is your redundant, unhelpful and repetitive thinking greater than your productive and helpful thinking? If so, this is time better spent having space in your mind, rather than thought in your mind. Instead of giving those redundant, unhelpful and repetitive thoughts your time and energy, just be present with what is. Whatever you are doing, stay with it. Be with the activity, people, place, food, drink, fresh air etc. whatever it is be present with it.
After all, you don’t need to think anymore because you already know how much thinking is necessary to help you achieve the maximum from your day. Any more thinking is literally a waste of space, but worse still, it gets in the way of your productive thoughts, slowing down your daily progress.
Stop gorging on those thoughts that are standing in the way of you making the most of your day. Remember, the percentage of productive thoughts you said you needed to achieve the most in your day? Well that’s all you need, most probably even fewer than that.
Be more, think less. Make the most of your day.
When your mind gets too noisy (and you will know when this is because you will feel anxious, depressed or stressed by the unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts buzzing around in your head); then choose a day to do a mental declutter.
Don’t change what you are doing that day, simply choose to create space in your mind as much as you possibly can and for as long as you can all throughout the day. It’s your mental declutter day, so weaken those unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts, as much as you can. It’s mental spring clean.
Create space in your mind whilst you lie in bed, take a shower, eat, drink, work, play etc. Whatever your day entails, consciously choose to let there be space in your mind as much as you can and for as long as you can. That’s all you have to do and your mind will feel less noisy by the end of your mental declutter day.
Do this every so often. Your mind can get noisy, in the same way your home can get messy, your body can get sweaty and your clothes can get dirty. Have a mental declutter day when your mind is getting too noisy. It will feel like a breath of fresh and your mind will become more clearer, focused and intuitive.
“Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies: paintings on dun walls, sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls”.
Let the space in your mind hold thoughts that create beauty, not thoughts that destroy it. Empty space will hold whatever you choose. It will not judge or say no, it will simply let it be; in its’ perfect embrace, whether it is a work of art or destruction.
In your mind all thought will be given the space to flourish, space does not judge, it is true freedom, that is why it is so important to choose your thoughts wisely.
The thoughts that are standing in your way, the ones that are unhelpful to your life and unhealthy for your wellbeing, need space (awareness) so that they wither and fall to the wayside of your mind. The space that holds these thoughts is also the same space that can show them up for what they are, i.e. destructive thoughts that do not originate from you. The space in your mind has the power to weaken them until they are powerless to influence you.
Let us stop letting go of negative thoughts because this can be a tricky business. You let them go and they just waltz right back in, a few minutes, hours or days later. Instead drain these thoughts of their energy, weaken them, by creating space in your mind. That is all you need to do, the empty space will do the rest.
Let t the space in your mind and the space in your life be reserved only for beauty.
Principles of minimalism:
Live more by owning less.
Be more by thinking less.
“For nearly a hundred years, we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid – a rock, a tree, your body, is actually 99.99% empty space”.
Space is 99.99% forever present in all that is,
Both in the inanimate and animate.
What of this space,
That is so prevalent and grand?
Are you not curious of its’ power,
To hold all that is, in such a perfect embrace?
For it is the emptiness of space
That can quench your thirst and,
Fill your hungry belly
Because it is the nothingness
That has the power to fill you up.
Make a little space in your mind and,
You will know its power.
It is greater than thought itself.
Let there be space in your mind.
“He’s not human; he’s an empty space disguised as a human”.
The Collector (1963)