Do you feel like nothing seems to be going your way lately? Feeling lots of stress, anxiety, or you're in a funk?
It may be time for a little Mind Sweeping!
Mind sweeping is a process I created to help to train the mind to focus on what's good rather than what's bad. And it's a quick way to pinpoint what exactly is causing us to feel the way we're feeling. Because the truth is we feel the way we do because of thoughts we're thinking.
Feeling happy? You're either consciously or unconsciously thinking about something that makes you feel good.
Feeling anxious? You can track back to the thought that started it all and proactively choose to focus on something else more productive.
Our emotions are directly connected to the thoughts we're thinking, and the good news is that with a little effort, we can train our minds to find the positive and release the negative spinning thoughts. And as a result, our mood is lifted and everything starts seemingly going our way.
Here's the process:
- Find a quiet spot to sit. Place a pen and paper nearby. Relax, and close your eyes for 2-3 minutes with the intention of quieting your mind. Focus on your breath...slowly in and out.
- Imagine you have two buckets, one labeled "Positive" and one labeled "Negative." Every time you catch a thought float by, place it in the appropriate bucket. Do your best not to judge yourself for any negative thoughts you find. Just simply imagine putting it in the bucket and then get back to focusing on your breath with the intention of quieting your mind.
- After a few minutes of this exercise, open your eyes and grab your pen and paper, writing down as many thoughts as you can remember catching during the exercise.
- Notice which bucket contained more thoughts, the "Negative" or "Positive."
- Next, write down 3 things you're grateful for today.
As you will notice, just simply bringing awareness to the thoughts we are thinking may be enough to stop the negative ones in their tracks. Then shifting to gratitude is the fail-proof way to guide the mind to easily look for the positive.
Be patient with yourself, as this process may not come easily at first. We rarely take inventory of our thoughts or work on deliberately focusing our minds so this may be new for you. But believe me that it works! Even doing this exercise one time will be enlightening for you so I hope you give it a try!
Your partner in a healthy mind, body, & spirit,