Do you know how to do this?
Me either. 🤔
Well, that’s not entirely true. There are times when I succeed at emptying my mind so completely that I don’t associate myself with anything. When I feel both empty and complete.
The one time this happens is when I’m doing my yoga fitness or cycling. During those moments, my focus on nothing, on emptyness, is intense. The only thing I feel during those activities is my breathing and the way my muscles move. I’m not focusing on thinking, or overthinking, about anything else.
Now, before you imagine me in some high-intensity, cardio-fueled workout, I don’t do that. I do gentle, stretching-focused yoga fitness that is designed to keep me flexible and strong. There is a bit of cardio in some of the sessions, but nothing like those exercises I grew up with in the 80s.
Do you remember the 20-minute workout program on TV?
🎵🎶 And 4 more, and 3 more, and 2 more… and take it to the left! 4 more, and 3 more… 😳😄🎵🎶
As a teenager, I tried those and hated every minute of them. Also I didn’t look like the women in those videos, or dressed like them, nor did I use half a can of hairspray on my hair. I may have been the only girl of that Big Hair era who did not like the look of helmet hair. I liked it when my hair moved… 😛
Anyway, trying to empty my mind when I’m sucked into multiple streams of high activity is very difficult. During those times, my brain creates its own fireworks, with thoughts jumping from here to there and detouring all over the map. It’s exhausting!
I try meditating and breathing to gain inner calm and that sometimes works, but I discovered through trial and error that the time of day to “come down” matters almost as much as the type of meditation aka emptying/calming my brain: mornings are out. I am most active and creative in the mornings and if I don’t take time to note down my list of everything I don’t want to forget, my subsequent day deteriorates rapidly into a disorganized and disconnected sequence of events.
Mid-afternoon is a good time for me to become nothing and nobody, or a blank state. Trick is to disconnect from the devices… 🙄 Seems like a no-brainer, I know. 🙂 Sometimes, evenings before bed as well.
But lately, with the launch of Boldly Chic Boutique and the peripheral business streams, I’ve been in overlode mode. Any attempt to empty my mind, even for a short amount of time, has been a struggle. Everything I do incites more inspiration and creativity; I’m concerned I’m going to crash and burn if I don’t calm myself down periodically.
So, friends and readers of my blog, I’m looking for tips. Please feel free to share yours! I’ll compile a list and link back to you in a future post. Perhaps we can learn something new together for the benefit of our collective mental health.
Thank you for reading. See you in the comments!