10 WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR MIND

We are collectors. We collect thoughts and memories and experiences and we hold onto grudges and conversations and we store victories and goals in the endless folds of our minds.

We have conversations in our minds that we wish we’d had & conversations in our minds in anticipation of conversations that may or may never even happen.

We compare and contrast. We are constantly inundated with advertisements, images, and information.

It collects & collects & gathers & grows until it is far too heavy to carry around any longer.

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I offer you 10 ways to clear out some mental space

and experience a renewed sense of clarity.

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  1. J O U R N A L I T O U T : Get it (we all have our own definition of ‘it’) out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Don’ t have a journal? Use the ‘notes’ section in your phone and just start to write. It doesn’t have to make sense, or be in any specific kind of order. You could make a list, or scribble until nothing is legible. Empty your mind onto a piece of paper, and then you can even rip it up & throw it away! It feels so good to let go.

  2. C L E A N U P : Tend to a physical space. Can you clear out any drawers in your desk, or give away any clothes in your closet? Can you clean out your purse or your backpack or your car? What can you easily throw away so you have more space to pay attention to what really matters? What are you holding onto, and why don’t you want to let it go?

  3. G E T O U T S I D E : Change your setting and take a breath of fresh air. Even if you just go outside and look up at the sky, just put your body out in nature. Walk around the block, take in the little things you might miss if you were driving by.

  4. D I T C H T H E D I S T R A C T I O N S : Put your phone away. Like airplane mode, in the other room away. Turn off the TV. No screens. No humming light that draws you in for endless hours of mindless use. What else can you do with the time that you spend on your devices?

  5. A P O S I T I V E N O : Learn to feel good about saying no. It has nothing to do with anyone else, and everything to do with you honoring yourself and your needs. There is an unspoken necessity to be busy all the time. To say yes to every invitation, for fear of missing out. But you know what it feels like when you are constantly on the go, and how exhausting it can be. Say no when you need to. It’s ok.

  6. T A L K I T O U T : Sometimes we just need to vent. To speak what is on our minds without the fear of being judged. It is important to have relationships with people who you can trust to speak your mind with. Or, you can try having a conversation with yourself out loud. How would it sound when you actually speak what is on your mind? Most of the time we make things worse in our heads, and the actual outcome is better than we could have imagined.

  7. H O W C A N I H E L P Y O U ? : When I have a lot on my mind, and feel frustrated or too overwhelmed to even think about it anymore, I see how I can be of service to someone else. I ask my friends or family if they need anything, and diverting my attention to helping others always makes me feel better and more capable of dealing with whatever I am dealing with.

  8. M O V E I T, M O V E I T : Move your body! Jump up and down, shake your hips from side to side. Do jumping jacks, some push ups, stretch, dance, run, there are endless ways to move! It can be a quick burst of high intensity or long and slow and relaxed. Regardless of what you do, you are guaranteed to feel better after you get out of your head and into your body.

  9. F O R G I V E : Forgiveness can be a very touchy subject. We are collectors - we love to hold on to things. How people hurt us, the mean words they said, how could they?! Who do you need to forgive? Does it feel better to hold onto the hurt, or to let it go and move forward? Use this phrase: “I forgive you (say name) for not being the person I wanted you to be. I forgive you and I set you free. In setting you free, I set myself free.” There is a beautiful and rewarding feeling of freedom that comes with forgiveness. Try it out.

  10. S T O P, D R O P, & M E D I T A T E : Stop everything you are doing and find a place where you can sit, undisturbed, for at least 5 minutes. Get comfortable, lean back against a wall if you can, and close your eyes. You don’t have to do anything, or remember anything. There is no experience that you need to create, all you have to do is observe the moment you are in. You can follow the breath repeating the phrase, “I am breathing in,” as you inhale, and “I am breathing out,” as you exhale.

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We live in a very stimulating time. One of constant movement and strong current of business.

There are tools to help maintain a sense of balance and ease amidst all of the chaos. I hope that you can draw from these to help ease your mind when it needs some decluttering.

Letting go and changing habits doesn’t always happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Make an effort to apply these practices and observe any differences in your life. Hopefully more ability to focus, a clearer sense of desires and direction, as well as an overall lightness.

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PLASTIC FREE JULY

Hopefully by now, we are all WELL aware of the impending doom that plastic has on our planet.

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THE PROBLEM:

We live in a plastic world. Everything around us is covered in or made of plastic. From toothbrushes to food packaging, to dreaded straws and water bottles. You might not even realize it but many of the fabrics of the clothes you wear are also made of man-made fibers that are made of - you guessed it - plastic. Plastic rivers feed directly into the ocean, get consumed by marine life and birds, killing our wildlife, break down even further into micro plastics which we then consume, and we don’t even know the repercussions that has on our systems yet, but let me tell you, its bad news bears.

Every pieces of plastic ever made still exists. There is enough plastic in existence to wrap the entire Earth in, and if that isn’t asphyxiating, I don’t know what is.

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Look, I’m not saying that living plastic free is easy, or that I even do it myself 100%. But if we all made a tiny effort to reduce our consumption and reuse what we already have, I know we can make a difference.

THE CHALLENGE:

Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans? That just does not align with the vision of the ocean I keep in my mind. The Earth Carers Waste Education team seems to imagine the same fish filled ocean that I envision and decided to do something about it and in 2011 Plastic Free July was born. From the simple idea of refusing single-use plastic during July an award-winning campaign was born.

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The best way to reduce plastic pollution is to refuse, rethink and reduce what we consume. Taking part in Plastic Free July is an easy way to learn the skills to reduce and avoid the use of plastic. When you sign up for Plastic Free July, you can choose to:

  • Avoid single-use packaging

  • Quit the top-4 takeaways (plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic bags and straws)

  • Go completely plastic free

When you officially sign up for the challenge, you’ll receive support and weekly tips that others have said helped to keep them motivated and held accountable for all month long. There are over 120 million participants worldwide who are actively increasing their awareness of this harrowing subject and educating themselves on the many options of a plastic free lifestyle!

THE SOLUTION:

Make small, achievable changes in your life that you can actually stick to. We are surrounded by plastic, and it can feel daunting to make such a drastic change, when we have become so accustomed to the convenience it provides.

Here are a few of my favorite (and very accessible) ways to switch some of your regularly used plastic items to more sustainable options:


For your convenience, I have rounded up an entire collection of sustainable, plastic free products which you can easily access on my Amazon Shop HERE.



NEW YEAR, NEW YOU JOSHUA TREE RETREAT R E C A P

How many years in a row have you come up with the same, uninspiring, redundant list of new years resolutions? Well we were sick and tired of doing the same thing and expecting change, so we created a retreat format that allowed our students to dive into their hearts and create intentions that were aligned with their deepest desires!

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Friday afternoon our guests arrived to Cactus Moon Retreat, an incredible retreat center in Yucca Valley, or more commonly known as Joshua Tree! They were welcomed with adaptogenic turmeric lattes to sip on while they got to know one another and settle in. P.S. For all of you yoga teachers out there, I highly recommend this space for your own retreats!

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Soon after, we began our first yoga class of the weekend. The practice of yoga allows one to move past the business of the mind, address the distractions of the body, put them at ease, and become receptive to deeper insights! We used yoga as a tool to prepare the body and mind for visualization and meditation.

After yoga, meditating, and our opening circle, our private chef Georgie, of @fearlessbodies, made sure we were very well fed! We are so grateful for Milk & Eggs for providing such delicious, and locally sourced groceries for our girls.

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The next day we started class at 8am, after gathering in the living room for superfood coffee of course!

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Yoga and meditation, with a third eye activating visualization was the perfect preparation for our workshop on the subconscious mind. We taught our students the importance of becoming aware of your thoughts, and how your thoughts create your reality. We gave them tips and tools on how to transform limiting beliefs and how to create a year long plan, breaking it down month by month, week by week, and even day by day!

Between breakfast and lunch we would pull cards, practice manifesting, and of course prepare for the vision board workshop that evening!

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As a facilitator of an experience like this, my favorite part is watching how the women connect with one another. It’s so rare that we are given permission, or even encouraged, to just be ourselves. You, reading this, let me just take this moment to remind you that you are beautiful, perfect and wonderful just for being you!

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After spending the whole weekend getting clear on what we wanted to call in and create this year, mapping out a plan, transmuting limiting beliefs and setting intentions that were purposeful and aligned with our highest selves, we boiled every single intention down to one word. I hand stamped bracelets from My Intent to send the girls off with a reminder of what they cultivated this weekend.

I went in wanting some clarity on some things I was being indecisive about, and I can honestly say that this retreat gave me that clarity and so much more. Miki and Jamie are two of the loveliest teachers and all around happy souls. From the space to the company to the landscape - everything felt welcoming and I knew I was right where I was meant to be. The guided meditations were magical, moving and brought me to tears. Yes, I cried. A lot. But it was all so transformational and necessary. The yoga was so nice and gentle, and I learned some postures I had never done before. And the food from chef Georgie was just what the body and soul craved. My one word I took with me was TRUTH. To speak it, share it and live it. And I feel like I left with all the tools to empower me to do just that. If your soul is pulling you toward an experience like this, do it a favor and say YES.
— Jenna, one of our lovely students
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Dying to come to a retreat? Click H E R E for more info on our next Joshua Tree retreat, March 11-13th.

SPACE IS LIMITED & WILL FILL QUICKLY

 
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