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Rebooting my mental computer

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Once again, SparkCoach comes through, right on time, with the very thing I need to do to wrap everything together in a nice healthy bundle called "My Life".

I'm still totally jazzed about my journey to better health and shedding the extra pounds. The daily fitness and nutrition goals are a reward in themselves.

But there is an area that I feel guilty about. Specifically, taking the time to defrag, meditate, de-stress, or whatever ya want to call it.

Part of my daily "other goals" is to do fatigue/stress checks during the day. That has helped me to become more aware of it. When my body feels fatigued, I can sit down and grab a book or a quick 'power nap'.

But, the defrag, de-stress, meditate part has me stumped. I don't know how to do this part of it.

I just can't seem to get into the meditation thing. . . . clearing or opening my mind.

I can't seem to figure out how to 'put it on the shelf' and 'reboot' my mental computer.

Right now I feel like I need to put a firehose in one ear and blow the clutter out the other.

Any ideas? Have you found something that works for you?

If so, please post a reply . . . . or send it by SparkMail.


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    My version of "meditate" is to choose a verse or saying, and spend a few minutes trying to memorize it, then I write a mental dialog in which I visualize myself trying to explain what that verse means to an alien from another planet. Weird I know, but makes my mind focus on not just chanting the words, but focusing on the meaning behind them. It relaxes me, and clears the other "stuff" out of my mind for awhile.
    1956 days ago
    "Right now I feel like I need to put a firehose in one ear and blow the clutter out the other."

    Oh my gosh - that got me laughing so hard! I need to do that too. I am also so weak in this area.
    1956 days ago
    Free writing...writing whatever comes to mind for three pages. Always leaves me peaceful. Also music or reading something that is calming...a reflection, poem. So important to find that something! Good luck. Keep trying.

    Oh, and just stopping for five minutes in quiet. Set a timer... Do nothing.
    1956 days ago
    The Old me needs to let go of worries and realize my kids are adults and responsible for their own decisions. I'll work on this; thanks!
    1956 days ago
    I would say this - meditation, in the sense of emptying the mind, doesn't work for everyone.

    I find it better to find some one thing, preferably something beautiful in nature (just my personal thing), to focus on. Tonight there was a neat crescent moon, just a sliver, but the earth light / filtered sunlight was enough to vaguely show the rest of the globe. When I'm looking at something like that and fascinated by how we perceive it, my mind is not running a mile a minute with concerns and worries and ideas and thoughts.
    1956 days ago
    Anything that relaxes you also de-stress you (at least temporarily) for me that is reading. When I get in stress situations I ask one question "If I died right now, would life still go on, then I move on stress free-NOTHING in life is important enough to stress about." Life presents obstacles, but it also gives us the opportunity and the tools to overcome those obstacles.
    1956 days ago
    Sometimes reading good book and really letting yourself get into the story helps take your mind off things that are troubling you. I like listening to worship music or classical music and I find it very relaxing.
    1956 days ago
    In the mornings, I walk 5 miles inside of my house, around my island in the kitchen. I listen to my Joyce Meyers teaching tapes. This gives me my "me" time! I call it my love walk because I have so much time to think and because I am walking in my house, I don't have to worry about safety, climate control, etc. I can just breath and take it all in! It's great!
    1956 days ago
    For me, it's deep breathing and being at one with nature. My long walks along beautiful trails are almost spiritual.
    Can you journal about what is on your mind?... And pack it away in a locked suitcase. I seem to remember hearing that sage advice somewhere. emoticon
    Wishing you peace.
    1956 days ago
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    Can you get lost in instrumental music? That was the first way I learned to meditate and when things get rough and the voices in my head won't hush, I still turn to it to change the noise in my head into something lovelier. :)
    1956 days ago
    Love the fire hose! How I wish that would work! emoticon

    I don't do well with the standard sit and clear your mind meditations (I end up asleep most times). I can sit and just focus on trying not to control my breathing (that is a lot harder than you think- pay attention to your breaths but don't change your breathing). I also do "moving meditations", repetitive movements that just dull the senses.
    1956 days ago
    I meditate well when I am driving on a road I have traveled many times. I just let my mind wander and think about anything or nothing. It free's you to feel less stress and tension. emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Funny blog, the fire hose method doesn't work. I tried it. For me, going out to the range and shooting seems to help me regroup and refocus.
    I have to concentrate on shooting and that forces me to clear my mind of the junk for a while.
    1956 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog. Funny but meaningful. Quite a new way of looking at the same problem. Inspirational. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1957 days ago
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