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27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind

Pause for a moment, close your eyes, and become aware of what’s happening in your mind. You’ll notice that you are engaged in a perpetual internal dialogue, interpreting and evaluating what has happened, is happening, or might happen to you. The mind has an astonishing capacity to hop from one idea to the next, and most people have an average of 60,000 thoughts each day. About 59,000 of these thoughts, however, are the same ones we had yesterday. We think and do things repeatedly, and then we wonder why it’s so difficult to create something new in our lives.

What is the alternative? Become intimate with the silent spaces between your thoughts. Beneath the mind’s noisy surface lies the domain of consciousness that gives rise to the judgments in your mind and the molecules in your body. We experience this field of pure awareness when we meditate, see a rainbow, hear an awe-inspiring piece of music, feel ecstatic love, taste a delicious food, or breathe in a beautiful scent. Whenever we have an experience beyond words –whenever we go out of our minds – we touch the unlimited dimension of our being and open ourselves to new and creative possibilities.

27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind

1.  Invite someone new out to lunch.

2.  Take a break from TV and radio news for at least a week, detaching from the mass consciousness of fear.

3.  Find inspiration. Visit for stories about the good things that are happening in the world.

4.  Make a list of everything you would try if you weren’t afraid – and then do one thing on that list.

5. Try Nadi Shodhana or channel clearing breathing. 

6.  Take an improvisational acting class.

7.  Practice chakra tuning.

8.  Explore your sense of touch. Dig your toes into the earth. Luxuriate in a hot shower. Caress your loved ones.

9.  Close your eyes and say to yourself, I wonder what my next thought will be – and notice what happens.

10.  Keep a gratitude journal, writing down everything you’re grateful for at the end or beginning of each day.

11.  Wear your watch on the other wrist – or don’t wear one at all.

12. Eat a meal in complete silence – notice what happens when you’re not distracted by conversations, TV, reading, or other diversions.

13. Listen to a guided meditation on opening to change.

14. Lie on your back and watch the clouds.

15.  Put on your favorite music and dance.

16. Write a letter to yourself in your non-dominant hand.

17.  Follow a bird.

18.  Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in years.

19. Tickle somebody.

20. Take a walk a really notice what’s around you. Pretend you’re an artist and notice the colors and textures you’d include in your painting.

21. Eat something you’ve never tried before or try combining foods in new ways.

22. Watch old Marx Brothers movies.

23. Plant new flowers in your garden.

24. Read a magazine on a topic you’ve never explored.

25.  Spend time with children, who are naturally playful and open. Let yourself be  silly and play.

26.  Wear new colors.

27. Change your opinion about something or someone.


9 responses

  1. Thanks for the suggestions; they will definitely get your mind centered!!

    March 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    • most welcome 🙂
      some little tricks to unwind and center
      i like to do walking meditations and take camera.
      thank you much, Happy Sunday 🙂

      March 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  2. Beautiful!! 🙂

    March 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  3. Love these suggestions and am going to try a few of them this week! And you’re right — we rethink the same thoughts so often, leading to the same actions, and then wonder why we’re stuck in routines or ruts. Sometimes perhaps the brain just needs the introduction of something new or physical to bring us back to awareness that can facilitate change.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

  4. Some of these are really good!

    March 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

    • thank you much, hope you try some 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 3:39 am

  5. I feel good 😀

    April 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

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