We can all declutter our environments – our homes and places of work – but what about when our minds just won’t quieten down? Rachael Fenwick of Your Organised Life says that she has one of those minds that never stops thinking, planning and having a constant internal dialogue with itself. In this blog post, Rachael explains some methods to help us take back control and learn to switch off – which can help us to achieve our goals, be it daily goals or bigger life goals.
A topical buzzword that’s been around for a while now is Mindfulness – learning to live in the NOW, to take each task or thought one at a time, to save us from mind-overload.
Earlier this year I attended an Ayurveda Retreat. It involved numerous hours of solitude each day; practising being mindful, and, as it was also a total detox from technology, it was easy to be mindful in this environment. (It also helps when your phone is confiscated for attempting to use it!)
What the three-day retreat taught me is that by being mindful in every moment, my mind can instantly calm down. I must focus on one thing at a time, so if I’m eating a meal I’m just eating – concentrating on the food, the flavours, the texture, the thought of nourishing my body. My thoughts and my subconscious aren’t allowed to take over. It’s rather powerful, extremely simple to do (with a little practice) and reaps instantaneous results.
If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of practicing mindfulness take a look at this website: www.bemindful.co.uk or or look up either of these informative books:
- “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” by Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman.
- “Modern Mindfulness” by Rohan Gunatillake
Another incredible way to switch off, clear the mind, relax and enjoy the moment is through Meditation. Just meditating for 10 or 15 minutes a day can have a huge impact on the mind, its clarity and calmness.
According to meditation expert Emily Fletcher (zivameditation.com), meditation provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep.
Meditating for 20 minutes equates to taking a 90-minute nap, without having that “sleep hangover” afterwards. Instead, you’ll feel awake and refreshed, and, as Emily says, “more conscious.”
Meditation calms the nervous system, making it more orderly and thereby making it easier for your system to release pent-up stress. It also increases productivity, so in my opinion it’s a total winner. If you’d like to find out more, www.headspace.com is a great resource. I also love the book “Meditation for Beginners” by Jack Kornfield.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping is a relatively new discovery and a fast-evolving treatment in the West. Although the healing concepts that it’s based on have been practised in Eastern medicine for over 5000 years.
Like acupuncture and acupressure, Tapping is a set of techniques which use the body’s energy meridian points. You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.
The technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously.
Resulting symptoms can be either emotional and/or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck, anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours.
It is now widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and ‘dis-ease’. For this reason, these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness, often with astounding results. As a result, these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles, as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.
EFT provides relief from most of these disturbances, often in minutes, and the results are usually long-lasting. In fact, EFT often provides relief where other techniques have failed and it has a high success rate, typically 80 per cent or better.
Understanding how emotional healing with EFT works may require an open mind for many people. The effectiveness of EFT only makes sense if it is related to the human energy system. Fortunately, you don’t have to believe any of this to receive the positive benefits of using these techniques.
Further information is available from www.thetappingsolution.com. An excellent introductory book on Tapping is “The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living” by Nick Ortner.
If Rachael’s post has inspired you to live a less cluttered life, you can find your local professional organiser here.