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Cleansing Your Mind

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. OK…breath.

Yup, still does nothing for me, and I will tell you why. I am not a numbers kind of person. I am a verbal type of person. I am a visual, big picture, look for patterns, analyze everything kind of person. So, counting to 10 never seemed to do much for me other than allow me to stew in my own juices for another 10 seconds. In fact, those 10 more seconds allow me the time to think of ways to plead my case or come up with even more reasons why I was distraught over whatever it was that brought me to count to 10 in the first place.

We, as humans, are much more verbal. As challenging as it was to count to 10 when we were young, it really does not challenge our brains enough to truly take our attention off that which is permeating our gray matter. We have senses that need to be redirected to thoroughly cleanse the mind’s pallet.

What works for me? I think of a place that makes me happy, a place that at that moment, I would escape to if I could. Now, starting with the letter A, I think of the things I would find there. I work my way through the alphabet. If I cannot think of something that begins with a specific letter, I allow myself to move past it and go to the next letter in the alphabet. I move forward through the alphabet and cleanse my mind and imagine myself in my happy place. Most of the time, by the time I get to the letter E, I already am much clearer in thought than when I started. It is like taking a mental walk when you are not physically able to walk away from a particular something or someone.

What I have discovered is shifting my mind allows the cleansing required to think clearly again. In my humble opinion, I have found much more use in strolling through the alphabet than counting to 10 before I act on that thing that is troubling me. In fact, I may not even remember what it was that brought me down the verbal walk through the alphabet in the first place. Mission accomplished.


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Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

2 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Raissa, your article was concise and right to the point. That must be the IT part of you. In our day to day lives often times we have so many things that demand our attention leading to a feeling of being overwhelmed with reduced critical thinking capacity. Some people (like yourself) have developed coping mechanisms. Others who tend to be more high-strung (i.e. Joel Elveson) will have difficulty finding an effective relief or method of coping with the stress until the source or the cause has been settled. Thank you, Raissa for writing and sharing your article as well as your thoughts. Thank you for being such a positive influence.

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