Our minds are constantly thinking. It’s their primary job, and while we don’t always like the content, we have to admire these active overachievers. You might say our minds are workaholics, accomplishing tasks with unparalleled precision some days, and absolutely annoying on others. 

These powerhouse performers thrive on chaos and love fast paced living. It’s their nature and why, thirty years ago, the bright lights of big cities beckoned eager graduates away from small towns. Today, those bright lights beam from the palm of our hands and invigorate our minds at every age.

Allowing a healthy mind to remain in a state of chaos is a choice, and not necessarily a healthy one.  Overload can lead to overwhelm resulting in unhealthy choices to escape or shut down.

Simplicity is also a choice and when it comes to the mind, might be defined as a state of hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling and seeing only what is right in front of you. It is the simple pleasure of being 100%
in the moment.

While easiest on a weekend getaway to the mountains or beach, it’s something our brains could actually use on a daily basis. Taking time to clear our minds of thoughts and chatter is a healthy choice that often takes practice. While some may consider it impossible to accomplish, others will smile with a satisfaction that comes with escaping to a state of simplicity through mindfulness.

A funny thing happens with you start incorporating mindfulness into your day. Your mind starts craving these moments; it starts asking for “down time” and often returns to its dynamic job more enlivened and refreshed. Just like clearing away clutter opens up space for new things, mindfulness practices create space for new perspective and a renewed sense of being. 

With regular practice, you actually start savoring simplicity.

Try it for yourself and see what happens. Take a moment to sit alone in silence, close your eyes, clear your mind and slowly open your eyes to whatever is in front of you in that moment. That phone in your pocket has many apps to assist like Calm or Mindspace. 

After a while you may start to understand what one of the greatest minds in history, Isaac Newton, famously said, “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”

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