Clearing out the mental cobwebs

On a whim, I signed up for a “transformational” encounter at the Tapestry Healing Arts in Troy. This experience was designed to help me clarify my goals and purpose in life. The process was amazing, actually, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was not only fun, but I got a lot of new ideas for my life by sharing with my personal mentor.

One of the things we discussed was how we might cleanse our minds, much in the way we clean a closet. Often, we find little used or even useless things in the backs of our closets. There are sometimes dust bunnies that we need to get rid of, and perhaps a cobweb or two.

Our minds are like that as well. We have negative loops of thoughts, old habits, and routines that are useful to us. We also might have some that no longer have purpose and need to be discarded. Perhaps we’re hanging on to old feelings or habits that are actually detrimental to us. It’s time to sweep out our minds!

In my closet/mind cleansing mode, I discovered that I have a several habits that aren’t serving me well. For example, I love fried chicken. When I go out to eat and order it, however, I always pull off the skin. The skin is the best part, to me. In fact, that’s why I want fried chicken. So why do I pull it off? If I’m not going to eat it, why do I order fried chicken at all? I should get baked chicken. Or better yet, something I can actually enjoy in its entirety!

Another of my habits is (well, was, because I have changed it) to get up, make coffee, then immediately sit down and turn on my computer. This caused me distress, because the first thing that pops us is the news, which is pretty negative. It starts my day very poorly. So, I cleaned that habit by changing my routine just a little. Now I get up, make coffee, then spend 15-20 minutes walking in nature and communing with the Divine. This new practice has completely changed my life, and I’m not exaggerating. The benefits have been incredible in terms of my overall attitude, my sleeping patterns, and my eating habits – all for the better!

I’m not the only one who seems to have routines, I notice. My eye doctor, for example, must say a thousand times every day, “now look over here.” But when he’s shining an incredibly bright light in my eyes, I have no idea where “over here” is, because all I can see is white light. I’m sure this is a habit he’s had a long time, and doesn’t realize it sometimes isn’t helpful to his patients.

It’s really a good idea to evaluate our habits once in a while, just to make sure they are still serving a useful purpose and contributing to our overall happiness. It might just cause a little transformation!

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By Sue Curtis

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at the Hospice store (For All Seasons) in Troy and teaches part-time at Urbana University. She keeps busy taking care of husband, house, and pets. She and her husband have an adult son who lives in Troy.