Friday, April 3, 2009

27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind

I subscribe Depak Chopra's news letter time to time I find an interesting article. Things always happening for a reason... Time for me to get back to my meditation ritual which have forgotten for a while..

Below is from the Newsletter.. Enjoy and have a great Weekend!!

Pause for a moment, close your eyes, and become aware of what’s happening in your mind. You’ll notice that you are engaged in a perpetual internal dialogue, interpreting and evaluating what has happened, is happening, or might happen to you.

The mind has an astonishing capacity to hop from one idea to the next, and most people have an average of 60,000 thoughts each day. About 59,000 of these thoughts, however, are the same ones we had yesterday. We think and do things repeatedly, and then we wonder why it’s so difficult to create something new in our lives.

What is the alternative? Become intimate with the silent spaces between your thoughts. Beneath the mind’s noisy surface lies the domain of consciousness that gives rise to the judgments in your mind and the molecules in your body. We experience this field of pure awareness when we meditate, see a rainbow, hear an awe-inspiring piece of music, feel ecstatic love, taste a delicious food, or breathe in a beautiful scent. Whenever we have an experience beyond words –whenever we go out of our minds – we touch the unlimited dimension of our being and open ourselves to new and creative possibilities.

27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind

1. Invite someone new out to lunch.
2. Take a break from TV and radio news for at least a week, detaching from the mass consciousness of fear.
3. Find inspiration. Visit for stories about the good things that are happening in the world.
4. Make a list of everything you would try if you weren’t afraid – and then do one thing on that list.
5. Try Nadi Shodhana or channel clearing breathing. Learn how here.
6. Take an improvisational acting class.
7. Practice chakra tuning.
8. Explore your sense of touch. Dig your toes into the earth. Luxuriate in a hot shower. Caress your loved ones.
9. Close your eyes and say to yourself, I wonder what my next thought will be – and notice what happens.
10. Keep a gratitude journal, writing down everything you’re grateful for at the end or beginning of each day.
11. Wear your watch on the other wrist – or don’t wear one at all.
12. Eat a meal in complete silence – notice what happens when you’re not distracted by conversations, TV, reading, or other diversions.
13. Listen to a guided meditation on opening to change.
14. Lie on your back and watch the clouds.
15. Put on your favorite music and dance.
16. Write a letter to yourself in your non-dominant hand.
17. Follow a bird.
18. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in years.
19. Tickle somebody.
20. Take a walk a really notice what’s around you. Pretend you’re an artist and notice the colors and textures you’d include in your painting.
21. Eat something you’ve never tried before or try combining foods in new ways.
22. Watch old Marx Brothers movies.
23. Plant new flowers in your garden.
24. Read a magazine on a topic you’ve never explored.
25. Spend time with children, who are naturally playful and open. Let yourself be silly and play.
26. Wear new colors.
27. Change your opinion about something or someone.
Have a great day!


Lee said...

What fantastic ideas to get your mind 'out of a rut'. I've copied the list & put it in my office to remind me to try new things & expand my mind. Thank you for this thought provoking post. Have a great weekend! Lee :)

Jenny Doh said...

I like #2 and #10. Disengaging from it all once in a while and ALWAYS being grateful.
Take care,

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julia said...

thank you for this julie. it was absolutely the most perfect way to start my weekend-- i think i should print this post out and hang it somewhere to remind me of all these little ways to get back in touch.

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hello. I'm glad I checked your blog out too, because I love your "27 ways..." post. I'm spiritual too and just love being reminded of what is important in life. Wayne Dyer is a favorite of mine too. Have a lovely week! oh... your daughter is so cute!

daringtowrite said...

Hello Julie,
I was doing a search for the origin of this piece when I found your blog and I'm so glad I stopped in for a visit. Love your etsy shop, too. And thanks introducing me to the recording of Melua and Cassidy singing it's a wonderful world. So much good stuff here to come back for!

Nadia said...

Hi Julie, I love your blog, and especially this post. I hope you have a happy weekend with your lovely, and beautiful daughter!

Love Your Blog,
Nadia Caleb