Day 3157: Clearing your mind

Minds can get so cluttered up with fear, worry, judgment, guilt, shame, dread, distractions, self-consciousness, regrets, assumptions, cognitive distortions, other people’s behaviors and thoughts, the past, the future, and SO ON, that clearing your mind is an important skill.

I’ll be working on clearing my mind as I start my two-week vacation from work. Over-thinking is an old habit for me, so here and now I’m clearing my mind of everything except the current task, which is to create today’s blog post.

In each moment, I am taking a breath and letting go of any distractions (of which there are many).

Do any of today’s images help in clearing your mind?

As I’m clearing my mind for National Ride the Wind Day, how are you clearing your mind?

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “clearing your mind”:

I also find this:

If you do have thoughts and feelings about this clearing-your-mind post, try clearing your mind of them by leaving them in a comment, below.

Clearing my mind still leaves room for gratitude, so thanks to all who help me create this mind-clearing daily blog, including YOU!

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18 thoughts on “Day 3157: Clearing your mind

  1. Enjoying a quiet cup of coffee in the pre-dawn hours clears my mind. Wishing you a lovely vacation, Ann!

  2. Ann – I could clear my mind completely, but there is that slight pinkish smudge on your white board which I keep on focusing on. And also – how do you keep your floors so clean, they are just lovely! Are you planning to go somewhere on your break from work! Two weeks sounds heavenly!

    • Hi, SD! My husband Michael does all the cleaning of the floors, and I passed along your comment to him. I do the cleaning of the white board and my cleaning is much less perfect. I am staying home for my vacation and I look forward to clearing my mind! 💕

  3. An interesting combination of books!

    I know that if you clear your mind, other wonderful things will fill it.

  4. Derrick Mayfield

    This is definitely something I will do more of going forward. I dozed off a couple of times, but feel very relaxed.

  5. the empty white board says it all. enjoy –

  6. I find when I clear my mind it creates space for memories that make me laugh, like the line, “Mother always said I came from Heaven,” from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or “I just never realized John Wayne walked like that,” from some movie, the title of which escapes me.

  7. This obsession with clearing has cluttered my brain!

  8. You can clear your mind with Harley and Joan as handy Buddhas, or getting hold of beauty with blooming gardens, or anything that catches your eye or mood. Silence is helpful in my case.

  9. As good as they get on, Ann, I do not expect to see Harley and Joan relaxing on your roof!

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