There’s just something about Spring, right? There’s newness everywhere, often in bursting colors and wonderful scents. The browns and grays of Nature transform into fresh and bright and clean.
We humans get into the spirit of it all, too. Among other things, we put away winter clothes, wash windows to let in the sun, zip through a carwash, get a breezy haircut, and do spring cleaning. The more energetic of us work our spring magic on patios, and garages, and attics.
May I suggest another “attic” that could use some spring cleaning?
Our minds need it! After all, we’ve been through an extremely messy time in human history. We’ve coped with the personal consequences of a worldwide pandemic, political upheavals, natural disasters and threats of even more disaster. The mandated physical distancing kept us apart from the people who have been our physical supports with hugs and pats on the back and laughter. We not been with our usual companions physically for travel and sports and family fun and entertainments of all kinds. Zoom and Facetime and Skype as we will, it’s just not the same.
So most of our mind attics could use a good sorting out and cleaning up. There are social skills unused for awhile that need dusting off. Maybe we will use them more mindfully going forward, having had quieter time and longer times to think about what’s really important in our lives now. There are as many conflicting thoughts in there as there are friends and news sources who look at the same reality and see it completely differently. There are traces of emotions in there like upset and anger. There’s grief at our losses and restrictions and even the mistakes we made tackling some things we’ve never had to deal with before. Shut in with those we love most, we’ve been our best selves and regrettably our worst selves and there are lots of broken things in the corners of our minds that need attention.
How to start? Well, spring cleaning of any kind works best with great tools. I have something you might want to try. I found it myself about a year ago and my own mental attic is really shaping up. In fact because of this tool I’ve been up there working every day. Not only have I been sorting and tossing years of accumulation. The daily attention means that I’ve been alert enough to keep lots of stuff out that I would have sighed and stuck in a corner to deal with later.
This tool is free and it’s called The 7-Day Mental Diet. You can download it here on this website–it even comes with directions and inspiration. And once you download it, you’ll get on my mailing list for additional tips I’ve learned that will probably help you as well.
Here’s why The 7-Day Mental Diet will work when other things probably won’t. I know because over the decades I’ve spent lots of time reading, studying, and learning other tools that didn’t get me far enough into the attic to make a difference.
You know that among other things I’ve been doing in the Master Key Experience, I’ve been steeping myself in the writings of Charles Haanel. That’s because he himself steeped himself in the wisdom passed down through centuries by wise ones who wanted to find a way to live at their highest and best physically and to master their minds. Like them I want to live this human experience as fully as possible. Here’s what he says in Lesson 26 about our mind-body connection:
- But not through quarantine or disinfectants or boards of health will man reach the long-sought plane of physical well-being; nor by dieting or fasting or suggesting will the elixir of life and the Philosopher’s Stone be found.
- The mercury of the sages and the hidden manna are not constituents of health foods.
- When man’s mind is made perfect, then, and then only, will the body be able perfectly to express itself.
And the door in seems to be gradually changing our thinking by becoming the observer of our thinking. Should you accept it, your challenge will be to think only positive thoughts about the world around you and the world within you for seven days. This will give you a direct and effective way to shove open that attic door and get to work. The fun part? If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought you get to start over and string together as many days as you can.
I’ll be doing it with you and will enjoy talking with you about your experiences!