Do you often wish that you can make the mind completely fresh and new?
It seems as though it is filled with so many thoughts and impressions.
Some are truly our thoughts but majority are impression left behind by the content we consume and what we are exposed to in our environments.
The mind does not take long to get dirty, specially in this chaotic digital era.
Our minds need more cleansing than do our bodies, in fact it should be cleansed multiple times during the day.
At least this feels true to me.
There are many ways to cleanse the mental palate.
Some that I found to work are:
Meditation – It is just a simple act of taking the attention away from the mind and into the rising and falling of the abdomen (as a result of the breath). This does not mean that the mind will not generate thoughts, but rather your energy and attention will not be drained by the mind during meditation. So the thoughts generated by the mind will be less. Its that awareness that the mind is just another organ like the heart and we do not need to get fixated on it. And in fact you begin to realize that thoughts are very random and discrete the way they happen. You realize that it is not a narrative reciting your life story on the background.
Grounding is another a great tool. Just spending time outside in nature seems to clear the mind. The research has now been found that its due to the electrical nature of our bodies. We need to ground our system to get the electrical balance back into the body. There is a movie that covers all the science behind this on you tube, which I stumbled upon and was really fascinated.
Ocean – Spending time near the ocean has always been really calming and relaxing to me. This goes for bathing in salt water too. I am not sure what the science behind this is. But it seems calm the mind and cleanse the body from pent up emotions.
Mantra/ Affirmations – Certain sounds seem to have a calming effect on the mind. There are certain ancient mantras that people recite to calm there minds and bodies. The sound vibrations are said to affect the water molecules in the body. Water is highly affected by vibrations as they have proven with many experiments. The very structure of the water molecules seems to change based on what it is been exposed to. So this is another tool. I find that it is quite effective. This is a common practice that is followed in the vedic tradition.
People have gotten used to escaping into their minds when the outer world is not so pleasant. Additionally , there is now another escape in the way of social media and content online which adds further content to the mind.
So it has become a necessity to cleanse the mind multiple times a day.
I know that people who are in the habit of praying multiple times a day automatically do this.
But the others need to make a conscious effort. It needs to become part of the daily routine for many people to get the mind back into balance.
I know that I need to do this. Being a compulsive thinker and analyser, I need to use one of the tools above often to get a sense of peace.
Thanks for reading~~