When we live tethered to the past or worry about the future, we clutter our mind. This makes it hard for us to spend time doing those things which allow us to live our lives full of purpose. A cluttered mind is a distracted mind–and distracted minds cannot fully meet the world and the present moment with all of the strength, humility, awe, gratitude and abundance that the occasions call for.
One of the biggest worries that a cluttered mind could have is the fear that ‘there is not enough for me” or “I am not worthy/I don’t deserve x or y.” This fear suggests the belief in scarcity and a lack of abundance. When in the grips of this fear nothing is or ever will suffice. Worrying effectively locks us into paralysis. Author Steve Chandler explains worrying the best. To Chandler, worrying is a ‘“misuse of the imagination,” a futile exercise that we engage in when we want to avoid taking action.
Believing the lie that there isn’t enough or that one is not worthy or deserving automatically puts a true life worth living on the back burner. This lie displaces those helpful thoughts and affirmations such as, “Life happens for me, not to me” and “I have everything I need, and I want for nothing because there is a lot to go around.” How much more powerful could you be if you recognized this tendency within yourself? Take notice of the ways that you willingly clutter your mind–and then take action. When those thoughts come forth, short circuit and weaken them by performing an action–especially an act of service and/or finding something for which you are grateful.
Check out these articles below about mental clutter and what we can do about it!
- 5 Steps to a Clutter-Free Mind (& Life!)
- Decluttering Your Mental Clutter
- Clearing Out The Mental Clutter
- Permanent self-motivation: Getting started
- Three Causes of Mental Clutter
- 3 Types of Mental Clutter and How to Eliminate Them
- 5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter
What are the ways that you engage in worrying and other forms of mental clutter? How has this ‘pastime’ distracted you from your true purpose? How do you ‘clean house’ when mental clutter strikes? Comment below!
Life is awaiting you! Embrace it! Seize it! Thrive! Live boldly, confidently, and passionately! Here are some great words of wisdom about life:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882
What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
“Dust thou art, to dust returnest,”
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,–act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labor and to wait.
Philip James Bailey
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
And he whose heart beats quickest lives the longest:
Lives in one hour more than in years do some
Whose fat blood sleeps as it slips along their veins.
Life’s but a means unto an end; that end,
Beginning, mean, and end to all things—God.
The dead have all the glory of the world.