By: Katie Mattson
Front and center these days are ways of cleansing your body of its impurities through a special detox or diet. I found myself needing another type of natural cleansing…a mental one. Life started feeling overwhelming with so many choices, decisions, deadlines and projects to deliver on. All while trying to juggle some sense of a normal personal life with friends and loved ones. I could constantly hear myself saying how much I needed to take the time to meditate each day, do more yoga, hike more, etc. Yet, I continued to find myself putting it off and never actually making the time. Sound familiar?
That all changed when I decided to take the actions of a dietary cleanse and apply them mentally. I loved the structure of repeating an intention for nine days and decided to use this foundation to create my own mental cleanse. I chose my action (meditation/quiet time) and my length of cleanse (9 days).
Feel free to mix up the ingredients however you see fit!
Recipe for a nine day mental cleanse
- Create an intention for progress What do you really want right now? Be specific and ask for what you would like to be, do or have. Repeat your intention three times to yourself before bed followed by about five minutes of focused breathing. Use these moments of breathing to really absorb your intention before drifting off to sleep. Each breathe in fills you with the intention. Each breathe out releases any perceived hesitation, doubt or negativity.
- Set aside 20 minutes of reflective meditation. If you can, try setting aside these 20 minutes at home in a quiet room. But even if this is just driving home from work, turn off the radio, turn off your phone and focus for 20 minutes on what you want your life to look like in June of this year. Or December.
- Reactivate the activities you love Take time at least once a week to revisit the activities you love to do. For me, that was hiking, climbing or doing something physical. I began to take walks again in the morning, climbing a few times a week and it felt SO good! Whether it’s something outside, yoga or art classes, reinstate their priority in your life and make it happen! Put it in your calendar like a meeting and make a firm statement to yourself that taking that personal time to amp up your energy and passion is JUST as important as any meeting or work task. Because honestly…how effective are you when you’re totally swamped with work?
I chose to do my intentions each evening before bed, committed to 20 minutes of quiet time each day and sprinkled in some of my favorite activities for nine days straight. Choose the best and most feasible combination for you. While you are partaking in the aspects of your mental cleanse, don’t worry about the rest of life. Simply focus on your intention. Commit to it. It’ll be one of the best natural body cleanses you’ll do.
Try a commitment to nine days and see what happens. Keep a record of the changes that occur and the answers that present themselves. Don’t forget to send over your success stories!
Momentum Coaching‘s mission is for each of us to energize the moment we’re in. As owner and professional coach, Katie Mattson energizes her clients to stretch their boundaries, deepen their awareness and indulge in life. She coaches individuals and small groups around topics such as: building confidence, career and life transitions, shifting perspective and stepping into new experiences.