20th feb soul sustenance e

Adopting A Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Each of us likes to have an organized life. Cleanliness and orderliness are our original sanskars. So we want everything around us to be tidy – our home, office, work-desk, files on our computer or phone, our cupboard, garden and so on. Many people even have a specific cleaning schedule marked out regularly. Even otherwise, when we look around and find things lying haphazardly, we like to immediately put them in order. But how frequently do we look within and clear the internal clutter? When did we last organize our mind in a way that we can quickly access a thought or emotion we want to use? Our mind is an enormous storehouse of right and wrong thoughts. Sometimes when we are working on an activity, the mind can be caught wandering and creating too many thoughts – either about the current task, about past experiences of a similar task, about people related to the task or about an altogether unrelated task. Even the quality of the output may become questionable. When we do not pay attention to the state of the being while doing, we may not understand why we feel exhausted or took longer to complete an activity.

Most professionals spend 8-10 hours a day at their workplace. We need to pause and observe the actual number of productive hours. It is a good indicator of our emotional heath in terms of the mind and intellect. Some of us are in a habit of checking our phones or computers (internet) every few minutes to read messages on social media and electronic media. So not just our gadgets but our mind gets flooded with information. Information is the source for thoughts, so the mind starts creating too many thoughts of the same quality and that depletes our inner power. Inputs of positive information at regular intervals in the day and detachment from unnecessary information during the course of the day keeps us more focused, mentally tireless and active at every step, bringing efficiency in action.

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