As a part of something new I’d like to try in the near future, I wanted to make Mondays about sharing my thoughts on mindfulness with you guys. Most importantly, how we can go about achieving mindfulness every day and cultivating slow, no matter how hectic life really is. Join me today as I navigate the “brain dump” waters.
When I think of Monday I think of it as a day of recalibration. The week is beginning and so do our plans and our expectations. So when I think of simple, mindful living, it’s more about cultivating slow and mindful instead of a promise of a more relaxed life. For this, I’d like to get the blog going today with an open conversation about cultivating mindfulness through small, simple rituals that would help us to achieve our goal.
It almost never fails. I open my eyes in the morning and my mind is already racing. Not only with the day’s to-do’s but with other stuff I’ve been holding on to, probably for a few days and *gasp* – weeks. Honestly, all this running around and with never-ending obligations, keeping my mind clear is a thing of the past. And so, I’m left with a foggy mind, unfinished projects, fatigue and even more prone to procrastination (if ever that was more possible).
A while back, I heard through my husband about something called brain dumping. I thought it was an interesting name and that, since I journal sometimes, perhaps it wasn’t something for me. But recently, while listening to the Slow Your Home podcast on what a brain dump means, I came to realize that this may be for me. This also sparked a desire to return to setting aside some time in the morning for some self-care (or in this case soul-care), since this hasn’t happened since I had a kid.
I’ll be first to admit that my early morning ritual does not happen every day, but on the days I do get to meditate and listen to the birds outside my window, getting my brain dump on REALLY helps my mind clear up, be more prone to focus and allows me to be more present than simply productive. We have been gifted five senses. Doing a brain dump – taking my thoughts and putting them on paper allows me to experience my day in a whole new way, through every sense I was given.
So, how does one practically do a brain dump? Well, there’s no cookie cutter way. No special gimmick. But here are some things I’ve learned and that are good points to keep in mind to get the most out of your brain dump:
– Grab your favorite journal or notepad sit down and write. There’s no determined time-frame to do it either. For me, about ten or fifteen minutes of writing down everything that’s on my mind is usually good enough. For you, it could be more or less time. The point is to let your mind go and see it become clearer and lighter.
– Go with the flow. That is, there’s no specific structure to follow during a brain dump. You may find it easier to do in a list-form. Or maybe you can write in a random pattern and then connect the dots. Because I like both ways, some days mine is a list and others it’s more of a run-on sentence format. It’s totally up to you.
– Enjoy the process. It’s such a liberating ritual! Some days your brain dump maybe a mile long. Some days it could be just half a page. Enjoy the process of seeing your thoughts come to life as you weed out the important, essential and the junk.
Thank you for stopping by and joining our conversation. I hope this has been helpful on some level in helping to cultivate mindful, slow and simple days, months, and years to come.