One of the first and major obstacles to overcome to lead a simpler, calmer life is mind clutter.
Music videos, commercials, podcasts, Instagram, Facebook, Netflix…Our senses are bombarded with constant noise and images.
As a result, our minds are cluttered beyond measure, unable to differentiate what’s important from what’s just noise.
We hardly ever sit in silence and contemplate. And that’s why we feel stuck and overwhelmed.
It’s critical to make space in our minds to be able to hear our inner guidance.
So how do we find silence?
Here are what I find to be the most effective methods to silence the outer world.
1. Do a media fast
Switch off the radio, stay away from social media, Netflix, Youtube and anything else that clutters your mind for at least 7 days.
The trance-like state induced by TV makes your subconscious mind suggestible to whatever it is that you are watching. So whatever you “ingest” on TV / video, your subconscious accepts and integrates more easily.
One of the best ways to make space in your mind is to tackle your physical clutter. Get rid of unneeded things in your home and watch beautiful changes unfold: increased focus, energy and most importantly a tidy mind!
3. Spend time in nature
Whether in the forest, on top of a mountain or at the beach, spending time in nature is a powerful way to detox your mind and reconnect with yourself – do it at least once a week and preferably alone.
Probably one of the best ways to silence your reeling mind is to take up meditation. It will take a few sessions till you feel the benefits but after a while you will see that stuck emotions, thoughts, feelings start disappearing.
Breathing brings you back to the here and now. This combined with meditation and / or yoga is a powerful combo to empty your mind of the ever-present noise around you.
6. Spend time alone
Spend time on your own as often as you can and immerse yourself in the silence around. It might be uncomfortable to sit in silence at first but with practice, you will learn to appreciate it.
7. Take time off
If possible take time off and go off on your own little retreat for at least a day or two. Go take a walk on the beach, in the forest, sit in silence, journal, meditate, do some yoga and embrace the silence around you.
8. Journal every day
Journalling on a daily basis this is a great way to dump all of your “mind clutter” out onto the paper and therefore quite effective to clear your mind.
Remember that silence might seem unnatural and uncomfortable at first. However, it is needed and soon enough you will find yourself craving it.