How to De-Condition Your Mind

In my last post, I shared the missing piece I often see when speaking with patients about gratitude and affirmation practices. If you missed it, check out the post here 🙂 

The short and sweet version is that embodiment is often the missing, yet most important piece of any gratitude or affirmation practice. We can shift the mind all we want but if that’s not being translated down into the body, then you’re not changing your energetic vibration and you won’t see the changes you could potentially be seeing with the embodiment aspect! 

Over time, an embodiment can come if people begin receiving positive feedback from their environment. Yet other times, it seems as if people are saying these affirmation mantras over and over in their minds but they’re not seeing any changes in their day to day lives. This may be happening due to conditioning that has to be uncovered first. The body must deal with the wounds that created the belief around control, self-doubt, judgment, unworthiness, you name it. 

There are 3 main pillars I work with when helping my patients de-condition their minds – creating a center of stillness, obtaining awareness, and choice. 

Let’s break each one of these down. 

De-Condition Pillar One – Creating A Center of Stillness

We start here because of how many people actually know how to self soothe? I wasn’t taught this as a child; my parents didn’t know how to self soothe themselves. I saw alcohol, running away and sleeping as the coping mechanisms – not very healthy and not constructive to my growth as a human. This pattern of not knowing how to cope has been happening for generations in my family. I’ve found that a lot of people had a similar experience. They see the destruction, they want to get out of it, but they don’t know how to. This is where I can help. I spend time working with people to find what they personally need in order to feel better, without the use of any other person, place or thing – empowering right?! 

By having a center of stillness one can go to when triggered allows the second pillar to come through. An aside on the definition of triggered – any strong emotional reaction that creates stress, upset, the dis-ease of the body, it doesn’t have to be extreme. 

De-Condition Pillar Two – Obtaining awareness 

This can only happen when we’re in a calm enough state to create a vantage point on the stories playing out in our lives. Having a vantage point is exactly what obtaining awareness looks like. It’s the explanation in our minds of why we do the things that we do. 

Active meditation and balancing the autonomic nervous system is a way to start gaining more and more aware of these patterns within us. I know what you’re thinking… meditation is too boring, too hard, and I’m just not doing it. I get it. I’ve thought the same thing. But when I started an active meditation practice, my thoughts changed. I was actually meditating and it wasn’t boring, it wasn’t super hard, and I actually looked forward to doing it. Yup – I LOOKED FORWARD TO IT! 

Download this “How to Guide” for a step by step explanation of active meditation/balancing the autonomic nervous system in the way that I practice and teach my patients to practice. It’s only 2 minutes per day – and it’s powerful AF.

De-Condition Pillar Three – Choice 

Once we become aware of the patterns playing out, we’re able to choose if we want to continue listening to them or if we want to act in a different way. This is the hard part. This is where change happens and you have the ability to become the person you are longing to be. 

Sometimes it’s easy but other times you know that you could choose to use the tools in your toolbox but you just don’t want to. I want you to know, that’s 100% okay. 

The goal is not to be perfect. The goal is to be okay with yourself no matter what stage of healing you are in. 

If you’re stuck in an old pattern, and you want to stay there because it’s easier – stay there, surrender to it, realize that it’s what you’re choosing, and love yourself anyway. I’ve found that once we surrender to where we are and take ownership, we take back our power. 

Let me know your thoughts regarding how to de-condition your mind in the comments below!

Meet the Author

Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a naturopathic doctor, reiki master, and intuitive empowerment coach. Through my naturopathic medicine internship, I began to realize that the body has a lot more to say than what I was conventionally trained to look for. I’ve found that the body stores many emotions, memories, and unhealed past events which all contribute to physical disease. I have a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. I love exploring the nearby forest preserves, and being outside, specifically in a forest. Learn more about me and read more of my work HERE. Check out my own site!

The Mind & Home Benefits of a Zen Atmosphere

In today’s always-connected world, we are expected to be within finger’s reach of each other. We are also expected to be able to respond immediately to any problems that might arise at work. Stress is on the rise because we are busier than ever regardless of the technology that promised to make our lives easier. As a result, finding a way to reduce stress in our lives should be important to prevent us all going mad.

An excellent way to reduce stress in your life is to create and cultivate a zen atmosphere in your home. A zen atmosphere is an environment that is crafted as ao getaway. It would allow you to relax as much as possible before jumping back into the maddening fray of modern living. This article will walk you through some of the steps to take to transform your home into a zen atmosphere. Also, it will hopefully illuminate some of the benefits of taking these simple steps will produce.

Cleanliness is Zenlines

To be zen is to be calm, centered, and focused. To achieve a zen-like state, you should place yourself in a zen environment. The first step to crafting any environment into a zen one is to clean, declutter, and organize that environment. It’s highly unlikely that you can keep a zen state of mind in an environment that is messy and distracting.

You should strive to find a place for everything in your home. When everything has a place, you will find that keeping a zen state of mind is much easier. Additionally, you’ll be far less stressed in general since it becomes easier to find anything you need in an organized environment and tasks become simpler to complete. Keep accessories and ornaments throughout your home to a minimum to help enhance the focused nature of the environment around you. Fewer items throughout the home mean fewer possible distractions for your mind to latch onto and take you out of a beautiful zen moment.

Finally, keep your newly organized and minimized home clean. Create a regular cleaning routine that can keep everything dust free. A healthy body that doesn’t struggle to breathe is a body that can more easily attune with zen. You should strive to get all the smallest details possible if you can.

Temperature

No home is truly zen without a cool, breezy air flow. Increased temperature can also increase fussiness, and can make any chore that much more frustrating. This can be easily prevented by installing an AC. Since the maintenance of the AC can be a little tricky for the average Joe, you should consider calling in an air conditioning service to clean your filters in order for you to maintain the spick-and-span zen atmosphere in your humble abode.

Natural Elements

Now that you have an organized and clean home, it’s time to bring some nature into your home to enhance the zen atmosphere that you’re cultivating. The easiest way to do this is to get some plants and start working on your green thumb. Studies have repeatedly shown that the presence of houseplants in homes reduces stress, and can increase overall life happiness. Aside from looking pretty, plants also help clean the air in any given space, and some plants are natural air filters that can reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the air.

Another natural element to consider besides plant is natural light. Try to arrange your home such that it encourages the entrance of natural light throughout. Natural light has been shown to have positive effects on health, and typically natural light is soft in nature, pouring in through windows that are easier on the eyes and ultimately, the mind.

Cool Colors Are Cool

To further augment the zen atmosphere in your home, we recommend you begin to weave cool colors throughout your home. Cool colors are typically blue and green hues which are relaxing to look at because they’re easy on the eyes. An excellent place to look for inspiration is the inside of spas. Take a trip to one, and you’ll rarely see the presence of bold, brash colors such as bright reds and oranges. Use cool colors to help cool your home to make it more refreshing and more zen.

The Mind & Home Benefits of a Zen Atmosphere

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Remove Electric Distractions

It should almost go without saying, but reducing the number of electronics can only raise the zen quality of your home. In today’s connected world, electronics are an increasing source of distractions and zen. We understand that it’s almost impossible to remove all electronics from your life, so that is why we recommend you create an entirely zen space within your zen home. In this zen space, do your best to remove as many electronics as possible to cultivate a space where your mind can achieve focus, relaxation, and ultimate zen. If you can, keep your phone and computer out of your bedroom. The constant notifications from your phone and having your computer so close to your area of sleep will do no good to your zen mood.



There we have it, a short list of simple tasks that can help create a zen atmosphere in your home. We don’t recommend doing all of this at once, instead, take your time and slowly cultivate your zen atmosphere. You’ll ultimately find it more natural that way and less forced. By taking these steps, you will find your rest more restful and hopefully, your stress less stressful and more manageable in your new zen atmosphere.

Chloe Smith

Meet the Author

This post was written by Chloe Smith. Chloe is a cycling enthusiast and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).