Clearing Your Mind

As I was sitting here trying to decide what to sort through next, I became a little overwhelmed. Do I go through all of my clothes (for the third time in a year and a half)? Do I sort through my make up? Shoes? I just couldn’t decide. I then thought of clearing out my mind. I’ve been so busy lately running from one thing to the next, that it took my friend to call me up and say let’s go for a walk on the path near my house. That is where I came up with the idea for today’s post. Clearing out your mind and living in the moment.

We all are busy and some days there is just no way around that. Especially with today’s technology, almost everyone has a smartphone that receives new e-mails, voice-mails, and social media. We are constantly connect to each other and the world. What happens when you turn your phone off and just let your mind wonder for an hour. So on my walk yesterday, going a little against what I just said ‘turn off your phone’, I turned the sound off and turned my gps on (I’m keeping track of miles), and just focused on what I was doing. I was connecting with my friend. That is the time that you can’t take back. Enjoying the moment and being in the moment. I wasn’t worrying about missing calls or e-mails. I wasn’t worried about the fact that I wasted a half hour of my time a few hours prior. My friend told me everything that was new going on with her, how her wedding planning is going, and just random girl talk. I was also aware of the random little things that I saw along this path that we were on. The smashed can, the names on each of the benches that were dedicated to loved ones that have passed, the cute little park, the birds and ducks, the stairs, the ponds, and even the giant white plastic bag/container that looked like the resident stork.

While the story of my walk may be a little lackluster, it was a great reminder to stop and smell the roses. Be in the moment. Carpe Diem. My challenge to you is to unplug for 10-15 at some point in your day. No television, phones, music, just silence. Journal, go for a walk, meditate or read a book. If that isn’t your cup of tea, get together with a friend, grab a meal or a drink, leave your phone in the car. If you must have your phone on you, put it on silent, have some willpower and DON’T check it til you are ready to leave. Another important note as I mention not checking your phone while you are having your unplug time; DON’T check your phone while driving.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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