8 Holiday Meditations: Peace, Joy, Gratitude, Quiet and More

Cleveland Clinic's mind-body coach shows us new ways to enjoy a stress-free holiday season (10 Photos)

Jane Ehrman on Dec 9, 2011 at 3:54AM

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8 Holiday Meditations: Peace, Joy, Gratitude, Quiet and More

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Clearing Your Mind Reduces Your Stress

While it is true that you have no control over thoughts that come into your mind, you are the gatekeeper of what stays in there. Imagine a wastebasket in your mind, where you put thoughts that are intrusive, draining, stress-inducing, or anxiety-provoking. Too often these negative thoughts clutter our minds, taking up too much space. Some are unhelpful -- those ‘what if’ thoughts create worry, stressing us out. Some are downright harmful -- that name-calling self-talk that trashes and insults you. Now consider an imaginary composting container, a place where, over time, waste turns into something rich and resourceful. This container is always available, has a tight-fitting lid and ample space for whatever thoughts and connected feelings need to be cleared out. Clearing your mind creates space for creative, positive, productive thoughts and ideas. A clearer mind is calmer, more insightful and peaceful. The more you practice this, the easier it becomes and the quicker it works.

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