Clearing Mental Clutter: the Yaqui Way
I once knew a Yaqui woman who used her fear to fuel her passions. She was by every definition a risk taker. She scraped her way out of childhood poverty and abusive relationships with men to becoming a successful businesswoman. She ran a successful hair salon for a number of years but was not content to remain there. In her heart, she felt there was still more in her to share with the world so she set out to write her memoir and started a self-publishing business. Later she added ordained minister to her many job titles. She was fearless. But if you met her in person, she was always quick to tell you with disarming humility, that she was doing something that anyone can do.
It was over ten years ago when I first made her acquaintance. I had written a column profiling her for a business magazine. I lost touch with her since. But over the weekend, I came across a slim volume of her book, and enjoyed a moment’s recollection of our first meeting.
Ten years ago, I wasn’t someone you would label “spiritual.” But I had a friend who was "totally into New Age." Patty invited me to an informal workshop that was held at the woman’s home.
At that workshop, I remembered having to bite down on my lip to keep from laughing. I don’t fully trust my memory with this but I think there must have been some drumming, foot hopping and chanting going on. I have a tendency to find humor in solemn occasions and laugh at inappropriate times. (Note to self: New Year’s Resolution item?)
But towards the end of the evening, the Yaqui woman led the attendees on a spiritual exercise that I think will help you in clearing mental clutter. This can be a wonderful addition to your running, walking and other head clearing exercises. A new thing to try for 2014 and a great way to send off the year.
Yaqui Mental Clearing Exercise
Before starting, I recommend a quiet room or another place where you would not be easily interrupted.
- Stand with your arms relaxed by your side, palms facing upward. It is important to note here that you must stand facing south.
- Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in a rocking chair, feeling comforted and peaceful. Stay here as long as you need to.
- Think about old beliefs, any self-destructive talks and anything else you wish to let go.
- Imagine them now in the palms of your hands. Gather them in your closed fists and toss them.
- As you toss them, see them break into tiny fragments and disappear forever.
- Lift up your hands to receive new possibilities.
- Breathe in newness.
Do you have a ritual for ridding yourself of mental clutter? Please leave a comment so we may learn from you.