A how-to guide to clear your mind, deepen your intuitive connection, and spark creativity. Explore 4 accessible practices focusing on breathwork, chakra meditation, the power of sound, and the beauty of nature!
Did you know we can experience 60,000-80,000 thoughts in one day?! And most of them are repetitive!
The human mind is nothing short of amazing. It is constantly making sense of the world around us, taking in and processing stimuli, revisiting the past and projecting what could happen in the future. While this is necessary to some extent, for our mental health (and let’s be real, our sanity), we need to learn ways to slow down our mind.
How can we find moments of clarity when we are constantly bogged down by thoughts? Lucky for us, there are many tools to help us clear and calm our minds, and in return spark inspiration, creativity, and productivity!
In this article we will dive into 4 accessible practices to do just that!
1. Practice Yogic Breathwork or Pranayama
Yogic breathing techniques are amazing tools for our nervous system and mental health. I’m going to describe one of many breathing techniques, and if this interests you, I suggest researching or inquiring from an experienced teacher to bring other breathing practices into your life.
Equal ratio breathing is a simple and powerful way to soothe your nervous system and clear your mind. Our breath is a direct access point to our nervous system, and deep breathing stimulates our vagus nerve that tells our being that we can rest, digest, and heal.
To practice equal ratio breathing now, let’s pick a count of 5. Inhale for 1-2-3-4-5, and exhale for 1-2-3-4-5. Repeat a few rounds, and you will begin to feel its effects. As you get more comfortable you can play with the count to suit your needs.
2. Take a Walk in Nature
How simple is this? Step outside, walk around, and notice the beauty of the world around you. Whether you are surrounded by nature or in the middle of a city, be open to finding beauty: the flower blooming through the cracks of the sidewalk, the sun washing upon your face, or the sound of a bird chirping.
Among many other benefits, walking in nature can improve mood, self-esteem, and boost creative inspiration. So what are you waiting for? Go take a walk!
3. Experience a Sound Bath
In a sound bath you are relaxing into the experience of different frequencies and vibrations from a variety of instruments. Many instruments (ie: crystal singing bowls or gongs) have specific frequencies that can alter your brainwave state into a state of healing and deep meditation. These sounds not only help calm and center you, but they can also invite a sense of intuitive connection and deep inner stillness. Sound baths are becoming increasingly popular and available! You can find many recordings online or possibly find an in-person event in San Diego. Both virtual and in-person will provide you with benefits. Here is a link to a free sound bath I recorded if you want to try it out.
4. Meditating on the Sacral Chakra
Our sacral chakra is, among other things, our energetic center of creativity. Here is a simple way to meditate on this energy center to cultivate more creativity in your life: Close your eyes and focus your awareness on the space below your belly button, your lower back, and your hips. Picture a wheel or orb of energy that is glowing a beautiful shade of orange. Breathe with this color and this energy and repeat to yourself “creativity flows freely through me”. The length of your session is up to you and how it feels.
As you become more familiar with these practices, introduce your newfound creativity and begin to alter them to make them more “you”. We are all unique beings with unique needs. These practices are meant to be just that: stepping stones to discovering your own unique self-care practices!
Dedicate some time to trying these out, and watch how a simple act of self-care can ripple its benefits through you, your personal life, and your work.
Meet SDYN contributor, Nazli Takesh! Nazli’s specialities lie in yoga asana, pranayama/breathwork, mindfulness meditation, and sound healing. Nazli has been training teachers for years so thrives in spaces of teaching and guiding.
Check out Nazli’s offerings: www.namastenazli.com
Mondays 8:30am and Wednesdays 5:45pm at Yoga on C
Mondays 5:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am at Spirit Yoga
Tuesdays 4pm and Saturdays 8am virtually through my personal online studio (anyone can access a free week here!)
Monthly sound healing events, cacao ceremonies, and trainings! See all Nazli’s events are listed here ◡̈.