04.05.2012 / say


Say, how do you clear clutter….from your mind that is?  Do you ever have a hard time finding free space to make room for the most important thoughts that you really should be thinking?

I have to say my mind, lately, is completely, jammed packed with details, ideas, to -do’s, and every other thing that I probably already forgot to do.

I’d like to tell you that when my mind goes into overdrive that I simply shut down my computer and tuck away my iPhone.  I take some nice quiet time to myself and do something that I enjoy to clear away the madness in my mind.  But that is not the case.  I usually get all the more obsessive about my to do list and the little time that I have to accomplish it gets completely frazzled.

But honestly, when it comes down to it, for me there have only been two things that I know to do that help add a sense of clarity and calm (although it might only last a good 30 minutes) and for me that is exercising (usually walking) and reading + writing (for me that is my Bible and/or something, maybe even anything, inspirational and writing out my frustrations, worries, cares or concerns in a journal with a nice inky pen).  Yeah, this is not really taking me away from all of the screaming thoughts but somehow it clears out a little space or helps makes sense of something that I just can’t wrap my mind around.  Whether it is a personal problem or a project that I’m working on and just find myself stuck.  Sometimes I find the answer, sometimes I get inspired but mostly I find a few extra breaths that I so badly needed to breathe.

What about you?  I’d love to hear how you help to clear the clutter in your mind.

And say, aren’t these images so interesting?  It’s a photographic series called Totem by French Photographer Alain Delorme.  Can you imagine?  Talk about juggling a lot at one time.

Here is to a little more space for happier thoughts + creative ideas and solutions!

[Alain Delorme]

8 Comments

commented on April 5th 2012 at 1:22pm

Good post. I’ll just speak for myself, but I know that all this new technology has increased my brain overload. Pinterest, facebook, my blog, twitter, words with friends…there’s always something to check or update! It’s too much really. So my #1 for when I need to decompress – unplug. #2 is exercise for sure. #3 is to take 10 quiet minutes to just sit and be still. I try to do this after my boys go to bed at night, but I sometimes neglect to, and then I feel it.

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replied on April 5th, 2012 at 9:13pm

I know Mary, you are so right. Sometimes, I can’t figure out which to check, update, reply to first (blog, fb, twitter, instagram, pinterest). It is so never ending. I’m trying to find more ways to unplug and take a few breathers. Thanks for the thoughtful comment!
xo . t

commented on April 6th 2012 at 8:29am

Deep breathing. That’s my go-to when I get a little too frazzled. I use the yogic system of slowly increasing the “out” breath. Breath in deep. Hold for a few seconds. Then release in a nice long out breathe.
And let me just say that I would love to pull that guy over hauling all those chairs. I’m pretty sure I could come up with a dining set in that pile.

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replied on April 6th, 2012 at 9:10am

I remember that long out breath from Yoga (got to get back to yoga – I loved it). I’ll have to give it a try. And yes, can you believe all that crap piled up…I’d like to just watch them pile it up and see how they get it all to stay. But, I’m with you, I’d happily give him a pile to take from my house! Happy Weekend!
xo . t

commented on April 6th 2012 at 8:47am

Have you been reading my mind? Or my blog, lol? I just posted about this twice in the last two weeks… I’ve been totally stressed and overwhelmed with mental clutter.

I just read The Happiness Project, and it helped me a lot. You should read it!

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replied on April 6th, 2012 at 9:08am

So funny. I think this might be a common issue for all of us online crazies. Here is the funny thing….I’m in the middle of reading the Happiness Project. I heard Gretchen speak and met her at ALT and I knew I had to read the book. I love it too. In fact, I saw your post and marked it to come back to, this weekend!
Hope your weekend is relaxing!
xo . t

commented on April 11th 2012 at 4:33am

Great picks oh my head is always full I have list to cross off as I go & I always seem to add more than I get to cross off!!!!
I must admit & you will probably laugh but lately to un wind & let my brain relax I have been building lego with my son he has actually let me have a go!! I am hooked tee hee xx

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commented on April 21st 2012 at 8:47pm

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