Why Study This Mantra...You will establish for yourself an inner and outer calm. There is no greater gift we can bring to our lives than this!
Having an inner calm is the foundation upon which we build an enlightened and full life. The opposite of calm – stress – is perhaps the most damaging thing we allow into our lives. It's hard to make progress elsewhere without tackling these two sides of the same coin.
Meditation is endlessly valuable for your mind, body, and soul for many reasons. One of those is stress management and achieving inner calm. This month you will explore inner calm by adopting a meditation practice if you haven't already, because calm and mindfulness walk together.
For this month's challenge, you'll focus on outer calm in the form of cleaning up your environment.
Today's affirmation: "I am present."
Today, I will meditate. I will choose a time of day when I can easily find 1-10 minutes where I know I won't get interrupted or distracted. At that time each day, I'll eschew excuses, set a timer, and meditate.
If meditation is new to me, I'll start small, perhaps just 1 minute. I'll work my way up to 5 minutes. Then 10 minutes. The important thing is that I to do it every day.
There are many methods of meditation and ways to learn meditation, so I will leverage the many websites, apps, books, courses, and podcasts for finding and learning a method of meditation that works best for me.
Outer Order Contributes to Inner Calm
How clean and organized is your home? Find a space that is messier than you'd like it. (Does at least one of those exist? ... We thought so.) It can be an entire room or an area of a room. Preferably this is a space that you're in a lot.
Then pick a weekend, carve out a few hours, and clean it out. Get that space to a state of calm and order. Get out the garbage bags for donation. If it requires picking up some new furniture, decor, or organizational tools, so be it. But ONLY if those tools are being purchased for the purposes of organization. Remember, the goal is LESS stuff, not more.
Finally, step back and admire your work. Bask in your new orderliness. Think about what it's going to take to keep it this way going forward.
30-Day Declutter Challenge
Alternatively, you can join Matt Cutt's 30-day challenge: Adopt a daily decluttering habit by trying it for 30 days in a row.
Because this is your personal vow, you’re free to go as big or as small as you want. For example, you could decide you’ll purge one drawer, shelf, rack or equivalent space every day for a month. Or, you could simply promise to always return items to their original places – scissors to drawer; jeans to dresser – every day for the next 30 days.
This challenge is great if you don't have the time to carve out a few hours, and it helps build an ongoing habit that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Out With the Bad and In With the Good
As I remove my mantra tonight, I will take 1-2 minutes to write in my journal to induce calm. This can come in two forms. I will choose one or the other or both, whatever comes to mind.
- The Bad: I will write all of the negative thoughts I have. I will keep going until I can't think of anything else to write. Then I'll tear this page out, rip it up or crumple it up, and throw it away. As I send it away, I'm also sending away these thoughts.
- The Good: I will write about something that went particularly well today. Where did I have successes? What put me in a good mood? What bright moments did I experience today? I will then keep this page in my journal and dog ear it in case I want to be reminded of it later.