Do you ever have seasons where you feel like you're so foggy you can't walk straight? Your head is swirling with thoughts, and you can't make sense of them? I do. There's a lot of "noise" on many levels that we have to contend with when it comes to our minds: our own emotional state, the state of our family or relationships, the state of our community, and the state of our world. Whether we acknowledge all of these levels or not, the thoughts still exist somewhere in our subconscious minds about all of these things. Layer in social media, emails, texts, tweets, emails, snapchats and you've got a total swirling mess of fog inside of your brain.
I always find myself coming back to the fact that clarity is one of our most precious resources today. If we can find clarity, we can move with intention. Here is what I have found to be one of the most important ways to create a bit more space for clarity.
Get it out of your brain, and on to paper. There's nothing like free writing thoughts out on paper. I can't think of a more impactful way to get clarity, than to write it down. Michael Hyatt says, "When we write, we get clear." I agree - every time I've held back from journaling for awhile, I'm always surprised at the things that were somehow buried deep in my brain that didn't have a chance to come out.
A quote from Julia Cameron:
“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.
We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.
We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”
― Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life
Action: figure out a small way that you can write on a daily basis. It can be one sentence - movement over everything. If you can practice just one simple step consistently, you can develop the habit that leads you to greater clarity.