This Butterfly Journal post is in conjunction with Blue Butterflies and Me’s 11 Day Clearing from September 11 to the Equinox on September 22. Be sure to check out yesterday’s post at The Heartsongs Blog, and tomorrow’s post at Me, My Magnificent Self.
In Entry #2 I talked about clearing out the “clutter” of “what if’s” of the past, which led to an analysis of a dream series I’ve been having. Clearing out these “what if’s”, especially those hidden deep in the unconscious, opens the way for the new. In Entry #1 I also mentioned my awareness of “what if’s” about the future, as I occasionally wonder if my writing isn’t good, or worry that I may not be successful as a writer. Though I know I need to focus on visualizing how I wish to manifest my dreams, and as I continue to send out queries and produce more, have the confidence that others will like my work, I am still human and these worries once in a while creep into my mind.
We all have worries and concerns about the future. That is normal. But, it is when we let these thoughts dominate, take over, or we cling to them, that we loose both perspective and self-awareness. There are many tools or practices that can help us keep our minds and worries in check. Just 10-15 minutes a day of any of the following can help clear our silly minds of worry so we can create the space for emotional healing, creativity, and growth:
- Practice meditation: Still and calm the mind or clear it of thoughts by just observing what thoughts arise, and letting them pass. Focusing on an object, such as a lotus flower, or on the breath, can help still the flurry of thoughts.
- Breathe! Especially when feeling stressed, stopping to focus on the breath can help clear out some of the stress and anxiety. Any Pranayama practice will do, or just deep focused breathing to exhale out any negative thoughts and feelings.
- Physical exertion can clear out a worrying mind by burning those thoughts away. Go for a brisk walk, run, swim… Exercise can be a great form of moving meditation!
- Pray or chant: Connecting to the Divine, whether that’s God, a goddess, Angels, Spirit Guides, your Higher Self, or the Eternal Consciousness can help clear out the fogginess of worry so we can see our lives from a clearer perspective. Saying a daily prayer, one that resonates with you or one that you wrote yourself, or singing hymns or chanting mantras connects us to the Divine.
- Affirmations: Write down and say affirmations for what you wish to accomplish in the present, and what you wish to accomplish in the future as a result of your actions in the present. We create the future today, so create it with positive thoughts and with the confidence that you deserve that which you are working towards.