Let me know if this sounds familiar…
You get to the end of the day, and you think...”Wow, I am exhausted.” But, you can't really recall any exhausting activity from the day. In fact you didn't do much at all.
So why are you exhausted? Well physical activity and nutrition play a big role but there is a third piece. A piece that makes the other pieces possible.
An unobserved mind can be exhausting. How? Tell me if this sounds tiring.
- “I can't wait until I get home so I can…”
- “I wonder why Jimmy never called me back.”
- “I am such a slacker for not working out today.”
- “If I was in shape I’d be happier.”
- “I’ll probably never reach my goals.”
...and on and on and on.
The clapping monkey!
It goes on and on, and it is exhausting.
I used to be a frequent flyer of my thought plane. I began practicing mindful exercises and noticed a significant difference over a short period of time. You want more energy? Start by creating inner space. The peace that comes with inner space is the most empowering feeling you can create for yourself at any time on any day.
Why is this so empowering?
Because it frees you from the negative thoughts that act as the barriers between you and your goals.
When you are free from mental barriers, you have room to create, solve problems, and take action.
You might think, “Inner peace, ya right! I have too many things to worry about.”
You can practice creating inner space and still indulge in some unnecessary worrying!
P.S. – All worry is unnecessary
You are not in control. Let it go.
So how do we practice creating inner peace? Well there's infinite ways to do it. Here are two easy ones that I love:
Go outside and listen to the natural music. Find a group of trees and listen to the life in and around the trees. The birds, the wind, the leaves, the whole picture all together. Listen… if you are truly listening, you are not thinking. Do not think “I am listening”, or label what you hear like “that is a bird”. Just listen. That is inner space.
Breathing exercises have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Before every big presentation I do, I perform a breathing exercise.
All you have to do is this:
Creating inner space is the foundation for all successes. Some people create inner space naturally and are totally unaware of what they are doing. Others, like myself, use it to move through difficult moments and unknown futures.
One of the first things you will notice when you begin creating inner space, are your core affirmations. Your core affirmations are the top 10 things you say to yourself on a daily basis. Our thought patterns repeat if we are unaware of their existence. We have the power to recognize conditioned affirmations that may have been holding us back, and create new ways of thinking. I call them affirmations because they are the process of affirm who we believe we are. Our roles, our talents, our down falls, our relationships, our story of me.
You may notice your affirmations aren't yours at all, but instead the voices of other people in your life growing up. Inner space is the first disconnect from this conditioning.
From a position of inner space we can recreate ourselves. We can create new affirmations.
“I am a miracle”
“If I am patient, persistent, and I am willing to learn from those who came before me, then I can be successful at anything I do.”
What I have found in my life is that the more I practice creating space and finding peace internally, the more outer peace enters my life. Life is supportive.