Clarity. It's priceless (really). So easy to lose, so hard to find, so hard to keep. We have all dreamed of having the power to see into the future; or to be able to say or do what is needed, when it is needed. Well, a clear mind is as close as we are going to get to that.
We are generally all able to recognize the difference between being stressed and mentally clear. We can feel it in our body; we notice it in the thoughts we are having; and we can sense it in the conversations we are engaging in. Recognizing mental clarity is not the problem. The issue is that clarity generally doesn't manifest when we need it to manifest.
So, can we summon mental clarity at our own will? With some training, yes.
These are three things to know about keeping a clear mind:
1. This is where your best "you" lives. When our mind is clear and relaxed, we communicate more effectively; we see potential reactions more clearly; we are more aware and transparent about what we need; and we understand others and the world better. We know that this is a precious place to be in and it is truly worthwhile to get there.
2. We can get there on our own. Clarity is attainable through our own work and dedication. We can enhance our ability to seek, sustain and summon a clear mind when it is not around. We can learn this through simple self-inquiry and mindfulness methods that can eventually allow us to notice and come back to clarity when needed.
3. We can lose clarity by actually looking for it. Well, think about it, if we feel we need clarity in a particular situation and we cannot find it, what would happen? There is a high probability we would actually get stressed because we cannot access clarity when we need it. This is a very important mechanism to be aware of. The more we look for mental clarity directly, the more it moves away from us. We can call this the rainbow effect.
The process of getting to know who we are and how we work when it comes to our internal world is unique to our own situation, conditions, and interests. The methods that we can use to develop our ability to access and maintain a clear mind also need to be adapted to these same particular needs. Nevertheless, the main goal is not to seek for clarity itself, rather, to achieve clarity we can begin by actually noticing what actually gets in the way of clarity and then focus on transforming these obstacles into opportunities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Pedro Cortina is CEO & Managing Partner at the Innerland Institute www.innerland.com. He is an author, speaker, counselor, facilitator, trainer, transformation specialist and leadership consultant. He is the author of Curflexion: Living the Infinite Space of Being, a guide for moving away from our underlying human experience of separation and unfulfillment.
At the Innerland Institute we live and work everyday supporting individuals and organizations locally and internationally to reach extraordinary goals and to meet face to face with their true potential through identifying and transforming inner barriers to success.