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Monday, June 13, 2011

Emptying Your Mind Creates Space for Peace

"A primary method for gaining a mind full of 
peace is to practice emptying the mind."


~Napoleon Hill

We are often so caught up with working and doing things that we ignore peace.  We might crave it, but we don't do anything to pursue it or encourage it.  For many of us, thoughts chase us throughout the day, even into the night.  We have trouble turning our mind off, so we have trouble getting sleep.  We find it difficult to relax because we are always thinking of everything we have to do.  At least once a day, we need to empty our minds to create space for peace.  Turn off the thoughts and turn your mind inward, allowing your thoughts to drift away.  Breathe.  Keep breathing.  Allow your muscles to relax and stay in the present moment.  Invite peace into your life.  And watch your life change in positive ways.

This week: Everyday take at least 15 minutes to empty your mind.  Breathe deeply from your belly and sigh when you exhale.  Allow the tension to leave your shoulders and neck.  Picture your mind emptying out.  Imagine your thoughts taking flight and disappearing into the sky above you.  (Don't worry, you'll be able to get them back).  Imagine washing your mind with your favorite color.  Bathe your mind in calming light and energy.  Invite peace into your mind to fill the space that is now there.  Relax and enjoy.  Do this at least once a day for a full week.  Notice how you feel at the end of the week.  Isn't peace worth at least 15 minutes of your day?

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people overcome the mindset limitations that often block success and happiness.  A mindset limitation may be a belief that "I can't turn off my mind" or that "I need to pay attention to everything so that I don't forget something."  Wouldn't it be nice to let that stuff go?  For more information about the tools Linda uses, go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com .  Discover the resources to transform your life... 

7 comments:

buildingconfidentleaders.com said...

15 minutes ... at least!

Isn't it amazing how we let the guilt of not being constantly busy keep us from peace? And it keeps us from ... well, Us.

Thank you for these great and simple tips to assure at least a bit of peace every day.

Santoshamo said...

I'm with Jeff on this, 15 minutes at least! I love the imagery, thanks Linda!

Sue Painter said...

Love this!

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you Linda. My day is completely different and always better and less hurried when I have time for early morning prayer and reflection.

The Professional Commuicator's Coach said...

great post - it is so true that the more consistent we are with spending time in solitude and reflection the more able we are to feel relaxed, less stressed and more focused. I have recently reintroduced this practice with 30 minutes per day - it feels wonderful to be back on track!

Kristina said...

I always feel so much more connected and clear when I take time to clear my mind, but I don't always remember to make space in my day for it. This is the perfect challenge for me. Thanks!

Tiffany deSilva said...

Isn't it funny how we have to build time to relax into our day. We're so conditioned to view "busyness" as productive that we feel like we can't take a moment to just breathe and be at peace.