How many thoughts do you need to think to make the most out of your day?

On an average day, roughly what percentage of your thinking is redundant, unhelpful, unhealthy and repetitive? In other words, thoughts that are not necessary for you to make the most out of your day.

And on an average day, roughly what percentage of your thinking is productive and helpful, so that you can achieve the most from your day?

Don’t get caught up working out these percentages, a rough estimate is enough.

Is your redundant, unhelpful, unhealthy 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 these negative 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. This will create space in your mind, allowing any unproductive thinking to fall away.

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, these unhelpful thoughts get in the way of your productive thoughts, slowing down your daily progress.

So 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 think, in order to make the most out of your day? Well that’s all you need, most probably even less than that.

Be more, think less. Make the most of your day.

When is your ‘mental declutter 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.  This will weaken those unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts, so that they have less power to influence you. It’s a 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.

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.

Space holds beauty and destruction

“Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies: paintings on dun walls, sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls”.
John Hart
Actor

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. false and not 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 awareness will do the rest.

Let the the space in your mind and the space in your life be reserved only for beauty.

99.99% of all that is, is space

“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”.
Deepak Chopra

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?

It holds all that is, in such a perfect embrace.
It allows all to be just as it is, without judgement
Its’ power is greater than thought.
It’s power is magnificent.
It’s power is who you are, right here, right now.
Are you not curious of your power?

Let there be space in your mind ONLY if you choose. It does not belong on your ‘to do’ list.

Letting there be space in your mind, is not another thing to add to your ever expanding ‘to do’  list. It is quite the opposite. It is wholly your choice, anytime you choose, for as long as you choose, if you so choose. The space in your mind is who you are, forever present. Re-connect at your will.

When my mind was noisy, all I had was a list of things to do, to improve myself and my life:

Spend 10 minutes meditating each day.
Spend 30 minutes exercising everyday.
Read 1 book each month.
Eat my 5 a-day

I am not knocking these as great ways to improve yourself, but by being on my ‘to do’ list, they silently let me know that if I didn’t do them, then I didn’t quite get there that day and would feel a pang of guilt, even if only slightly.

Creating space in your mind is not about feeling guilty, or obliged to do something; the space in your mind is already there, it is already you. If it occurs to you to create space in your mind or you need it or want to do it, make space, if not then don’t.

This is not about the mantra’s of the outside world, to ‘be the best’, ‘just do it’ and ‘get improving’. It’s simply about silent space, if ever, whenever you choose it. If you make it a must and put it on your ‘to do’ list, it just becomes something you should do, which carries with it guilt, if you don’t do it and sometimes even anxiety, before you do it.  The choice to create space in your mind must come from you and no one else, anytime, anywhere, anyhow you choose.

There is so very little for you to worry about

“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Stoic Philosopher

We spend a lot of our time worrying about the future, the place that does not even 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, it is sensible to plan and prepare for the future, 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 not living at all, in fact we are missing life. When we do this we are not planning and preparing ourselves for a future event, we are worrying about something that has not happened. To do so, is to suffer, when there is no suffering.

The future will always be unknown. It is only in the present moment that it will become known. There will always be uncertainty and that’s okay. 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 instead and come to know how very little there is for you to worry about. It will guide you and give you reprieve, 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, protective and free from worry.

Make a little space in your mind.