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.
“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
We spend a lot of time worrying about the future, the place that does not exist! By doing so we miss the space in our minds and the present moment. We think the more we worry, the more prepared we will be. Of course plan and prepare for the future, that is sensible, but when we live the future in the present and are consumed for hours and days by a future that does not exist, then we are living an illusion. Then we are not planning and preparing ourselves for a future event, we are worrying about something that has not happened and probably will not happen. To do so, is to suffer, when there is no suffering. To worry when you have nothing to worry about. The future will always be the unknown, until the moment it becomes the known and that only happens in the present.
There will always be uncertainty and that’s cool. In the words of John Allen Paulos, Professor of Mathematics, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is”. So let us embrace it because no matter how much you think about the future, you will never know it, for the simple reason it does not exist.
When all your mind wants to do is worry about the future, let there be space in your mind and come to know how very little there is for you to worry about. It will guide you, so that you don’t have to spend so much of your time and energy worrying. The space in your mind does not know how to let you down. It only knows the most optimum path for you at any single moment. Fall into its’ embrace. It is warm, peaceful and protective.
Let there be space in your mind.
If you are in a situation that is not good for your wellbeing, let there be space in your mind and it will guide you out of it.
At this time don’t seek thought to help you, seek space. If only for a few seconds at a time, let there be space in your mind, where there is the thought about what is happening. It will give you peace when you need it most.
It is from this space that the thought to help you out of the situation, will arise. You will know this thought as having arisen out of the space in your mind because you will be at peace with it, all of it, even the uncertainty of it. If you are not at peace with the thought, it has not originated from you. So go back to space.
Let there be space in your mind. It knows only the most optimum life for you and will show you the way out. It will give you freedom and peace first in your mind and then in your physical situation. Let space be your guiding light.
Make a little space in your mind.
Nature is your portal to the space in your mind. It will take you there when you can’t get there on your own. This is because nature is more connected to space, than we are; for the simple reason that nature does not think. Its’ second by second evolution is always spectacular and it happens without a single thought.
When you choose to create space in your mind, focus on nature. Give nature your undivided attention, without thought. Watch it, hear it, feel it, smell it and observe its’ movement. Do this without labelling it as anything and it will help you create space in your mind and become present.
Let us all create a little more space in our minds, so that we may know how truly spectacular we are.
The more regularly you create space in your mind, the more space you will have in your mind overall. The key is to allow yourself to let there be space in your mind as often as you can throughout the day. Even a few seconds at a time is enough.
Unlike traditional meditation, you don’t have to create space in your mind for a chunk of time once a day, but instead give your mind regular mini breaks as you go through your day. This is meditation on the go. It does not confine you to a physical space nor to a set amount of time. When, where and for how long you meditate (create space in your mind) is entirely up to you. There are no rules. There is only space in your mind, as and when you chose.
Also because the space in your mind is more powerful than thought, it becomes easier to maintain that space once created. Firstly because thought becomes powerless to survive in the face of space; space rather than thought becomes dominant and secondly because regularly grabbing seconds or minutes of tranquility here and there throughout your day means you are continuously creating space in your mind. It is not just pushed to the beginning or end of your day. In fact every time you do it, it is because at that moment you are choosing to do it or need it most.
You only need a few thoughts in your mind to help you achieve what you wish. The rest of your thinking is often redundant and repetitive and can be quietened by the space in your mind.
Gradually you begin to move towards having more space in your mind and fewer thoughts.
This is true freedom. It is also absolute peace. To be all that you are, freedom and peace is all that is needed. Anything else is helpful.
Let there be space in your mind.