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"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

How To Spring Clean Your Mind

Have you listened to your mind lately? If yours is like most people's, it's noisy in there. Fortunately, it's possible to create some semblance of order of all of those voices and demands you must filter and address on a daily basis. Promotional Consultant Today shares these tips from life coach Sonia Summers on how to spring clean your mind.

1. Observe. Take five minutes today to practice observing your thoughts. Sit comfortably and just watch them as though they were a slide show passing in front of you. Have no judgment. Just watch, or listen if you're not visual. Don't worry if you get sucked into your thoughts; that's normal. If this happens, just come back to observing whenever you can. For the rest of the day, observe your thoughts in this way. You will start to notice patterns and repetitive thoughts such as worrying about the past or future, and judging yourself or others. You may want to write some notes in a journal. Becoming aware of your thought patterns is hugely powerful.

2. Clear. The best way to clear your mind is to focus it exclusively on one thing. When athletes sharply focus on the sport they are playing, they are "in the zone." The zone is 100 percent presence. One of the simplest ways to get in the zone is to practice focusing on your body. Many people start with observing their breath. Practice focusing your mind every day, even just for a few minutes. You can use your breath, your body, a new sport or any activity that takes 100 percent focus. Over time you will begin to reside more often in the heightened feeling of the zone.

3. Cultivate. Now that you've observed what's going on in your mind, you're training it to focus on the present when you want it to. What kinds of thoughts would you like to cultivate? If your old thoughts of worry, guilt and inadequacy made you feel anxious or depressed, what would you prefer to feel instead? Thoughts and feelings go hand-in-hand, so cultivating a feeling by thinking particular thoughts is a powerful way to change your inner landscape. Gratitude and compassion are some of the highest thought forms you can cultivate.

Take the time to train and strengthen your mind. Your inner world creates your outer experience of life—from how your body feels to the types of people and situations you attract. A series of small consistent efforts over time will equal major shifts in the ways of thinking and being.

Feeling refreshed yet? Read PCT tomorrow on how to live with ease.

Source: Sonia Sommer, a native of Australia who now lives in Idaho, has designed bodywork, nutrition, and training programs for professional athletes. She studied with shamans in Peru and spent years immersed in the worlds of sports science and naturopathy. She helps her clients overcome stress and realign in order to love life again.

Compiled by Cassandra Johnson

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