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Hello, this is Rachel bringing you the latest transformation conversation. Our topic this week is calming your busy mind for clarity and productivity. The classic busy mind is something that many of us have been aware of for years. If you’re anything like me, you might have tried to calm your busy mind. I used to think that it was a real problem. I tried meditation. I found that pretty frustrating because it really produced mixed results for me. Sometimes I felt calmer and quieter. Sometimes I didn’t. Most of the time it ended up just being another thing on my giant to do list. Add that to the morning routine we’re encouraged to do for personal development.
Before you know it you’ve got about two hours of stuff you’ve got to do in the morning before you can even be okay to supposedly be productive and have a clear mind. Your thoughts can begin to race in a second. Your mind gets busy so quickly. There’s no guarantee that because you felt calm and peaceful earlier, perhaps you woke up with a nice quiet mind, then it doesn’t mean that your head can’t be spinning very, very quickly when you start to overthink things and trying to do too many things at once. Fortunately due to the inside out nature of our experience, a quiet mind isn’t determined by how busy our environment is, although it can really seem that way.
We can be super busy and really calm and quiet minded or we can have nothing to do, but still have a tonne of really busy thinking. The secret of high performers is that they are able to access a quiet mind because the less that we have on our mind, the better we do which is contrary to how we’re educated and how we’re indoctrinated to cram in as much as we can into a day and think about things logically with our little mind and trying to figure them out. The way I see enjoying more time with a quiet mind so that you can be more productive and just have better thinking and enjoy yourself more throughout your day begins with having respect for a quiet mind. I wanted to read a little bit, just a small bit from “The Power of Now” that I’m rereading at the moment by Eckhart Tolle.
Years ago I read this book and I got a lot from it, but it was so deep and intense that I couldn’t really … I didn’t really find it that practical. With the work that I do now, I’ve been able to access this much more easily. I can really see more deeply into what he’s saying in a lot of the book. This is really useful about the mind. He says, “Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for specific task. When the task is completed, you lay it down.” As it is, I would say about 80 to 90% of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of it’s dysfunctional and often negate nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.
This kind of compulsive thinking is actually an addiction. That in turn can lead us to try to control our thoughts which actually just creates more stress and pressure for us because it’s impossible to control our thoughts even though I used to think that that was the way to go. There’s no benefit to creating pressure for ourselves. We do beautifully without it as we can think more clearly. When you got racing thoughts competing for attention in your head, it can be like when you open too many browsers on your computer, too many documents at the same time and you’re just trying to work on too many things at the same time, that’s in a very practical way and your computer gets jammed and you get that spinning … I call it the spinning colour wheel of death.
That just completely slows you down. You can’t do anything anyway because your computer won’t move. I see that as being very similar to how our mind works. Trying to run all these different ideas at the same time is really counterproductive. Slowing down mentally gives you the edge. Not trying to figure things out and trying to retrieve more data as it were from your already busy mind allows space in your mind for new solutions to flow in that weren’t there before. Spinning an old repetitive thought keeps you stuck and can really feel like your head is just so full. You feel like perhaps you’ve got a headache or you just know that you’re not at your best. You can’t think clearly. The truth is we’re beautifully equipped to deal with this moment.
Have you ever thought about how unexpected people and resources just show up for you exactly when you need them? It can feel like a miracle or on the other hand, we can just take it for granted. Actually it’s reliable. That’s how the system works. Your mind is designed to work moment to moment. It’s not designed to be stuck in the past or jumping ahead to the future. When you’re calm enough to see the moment you’re in, you can spot those opportunities and resources that are right under your nose. When you’re thinking about all the stuff you have to do, you’re using up your mental bandwidth and there’s no free space for you to see them and for them to flow in.
That’s how you increase your productivity and can stop creating stress for yourself about having a never ending to do list and trying to beat the clock. It’s really unhelpful to operate that way. Just because we have a lot of thoughts racing around our mind doesn’t mean that we need to respect them, doesn’t mean that we need to indulge them and follow each one and let it take over our day. We usually don’t know any better. We think that it’s a real problem that we need to deal with and of course, that just adds more thinking to your thinking which is totally unproductive. Once you begin to see how your mind works, you can see that a busy mind isn’t actually a problem. It’s just a human thing that we all have going on sometimes.
You don’t need to do anything about it. Your mind’s just like your computer. When you step away, when you stop pushing all the buttons, you let it settle down and you allow it to reset. If you’ve heard something in this that’s of interest to you and you’d like to go deeper with me on how to access more freedom of mind and effortless productivity, you can go to www.RachelHenke.com/FTCfreeclass. There’ll also be a link on the blog below this recoding. It’s a 72 minute completely free class which is usually only for paid members in my Fearless Transformation Club. I’ll hope to see you there and thanks very much. I’ll speak to you again soon.