The Simplify Project: Week 2
One of the reasons we started with simplifying the kitchen space the first week was so we could see tangible progress! Good job! I hope that step gives you a sense of less, of margin, of simplicity, and a renewed commitment to keep it simple. Smile at yourself and take a deep breath in…and a big sigh out. Be proud!
This Week: The Mind.
This week, we move from the concrete kitchen to our abstract mind. What does it mean to simplify the mind? Just like our kitchens, we have old, expired thoughts. We have cluttered shelves in our minds with schedules and lists and to-do’s piled on top of one another. We have noisy and crowded minds that are way too packed and are in need of clearing out.
I am going to ask for 10 minutes each day this week and some kind of journal or paper and pen. Can you set aside ten minutes to simplify your crowded mind? I think you can! And it might be one of the best ten minutes (or more) you invest in yourself each day. Maybe you need to set your alarm ten minutes earlier. Mornings are my favorite for ordering my mind before I head into the day. It’s quiet. Peaceful. And nothing is asking for me just yet.
The Simplify Project: Daily 10 Minute Mind Moment
Monday: Expired Thoughts
Write down three thoughts you think about yourself that you need to clean out and throw away. These are thoughts that will pop in your mind every now and then and beat you up. Or they are old things someone has told you that keep shaping you. Or they are flat out lies and are not worthy to take up brain space anymore.
Ex. You aren’t good enough to do something.
You aren’t ______ enough.
You are stupid.
You are way too much.
You are messy and disorganized and cannot accomplish anything.
You are worthless.
You are damaged.
You are broken.
You are pathetic.
Cross a big line through each statement. Now write three new truths about yourself. You can choose from some of the ones below.
I am the daughter of the Most High King and He delights in me. (Psalm 19:18)
Nothing can separate me from the never stopping, un-breaking, always and forever love God has for me. (Romans 8:31)
I am strong and courageous because God is with me wherever I go. (Joshua 1:9)
I am a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17)
I am no longer condemned because Jesus has set me free. (Romans 8:1)
Repeat each phrase three times before you are done with your time. Ask God to clear out the lies and redecorate your mind with truth. May God meet you there!
Today’s Song to fill your mind: You Say by Lauren Diagle
See you tomorrow!