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“I can’t focus, my mind’s all over the place!” If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say this to me, I’d be rich. I hear friends say they take on a million tasks at once and they’re onto the next task before finishing the first one—which really means nothing ever gets done.

Our minds move a thousand miles per minute, and with the speed of technology, we’re not slowing down any time soon. The TV’s on, the radio’s blaring, the cell phone’s pinging with every new text, and Facebook’s open 24/7. Information is so readily accessible, it’s easy to get wrapped up in having to know it all. And after knowing it all, we try to do it all. An endless cycle that can go on forever as if we’re running on a hamster wheel.

This state of overthinking, overload and overwhelm is all too common.

We’re split and scattered between past, present and future, juggling roles and responsibilities. We’re caught up in regrets about yesterday and worries about tomorrow. It’s no wonder we struggle to fall asleep at night.

These are the effects of mental clutter. The head fog, the confusion, the chaos, the stress. And this “stuff” affects our environment. It leads to our messy desks, our overstocked cupboards, our overflowing closets and drawers.

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By now, you’re probably familiar with my book, The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity and how it explores the simple philosophy behind decluttering our minds and the journey to getting clear.

It is a process to declutter our lives. It shines a light on our clinging and hoarding, and clears the way through mental and environmental clutter. It accomplishes this by offering steps to calm the chaos and clear the fog in our minds. It encourages full-body awareness and the use of our senses.

The results of practicing The Declutter Code, in addition to clarity, are peace of mind, less stress, managed anxiety and freedom from overwhelm.

The next several blog posts are dedicated to the 10 steps of The Declutter Code. I’ll break down each step and provide a quick and easy way to incorporate it into your life.

Don’t let the simplicity of these steps fool you. They are powerful, decisive and transformative.

Step 1: Slow

To slow is to pause. It is a significant and unmistakable pausing to breathe, observe and reflect. It is taking our foot off the gas and physically slowing the movement of our bodies. It is becoming slow to speak and slow to react.

Slowing invites in a respite from the frantic, crazed doing. A treat for our sanity. We slow down to go with the flow.

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Yoga is a powerful practice. It has definitely changed my life and caused me to be a more conscious and centered person day to day.

I’d say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself because of how it’s affected my perspective.

Yoga teaches us a lot about ourselves and others, how we move through life, how we react to things, how we process information. It teaches us how we’re all alike.

We have more in common than we realize, and the similarities are made more clear the more devoted to our yoga practice we become. By tuning in to our own nature, through the movement and concentration yoga fosters, we can deeply connect to the Truth we all share. Observing our innermost essence allows us to see the same essence in others, as if looking in a mirror.

So I imagine if these lessons are what I learned on my yoga mat, then chances are you stand to gain the same during your own practice…and then some.

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. 

Buddhist Proverb

It was 2006 when I discovered yoga. I’d been exposed years before through intimidating contortionist poses in magazines, but I experienced it firsthand in May of 2006. That said, I’m still a student and less than qualified to distill a lesson in Yoga 101. I mean, just look at the assortment of styles from which to learn: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Integral, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Sivananda, Vinyasa and Yoga Therapy. So, this article is more about what yoga does.

I, as guinea pig, and countless others can attest, it does something inexplicable to those who practice it. I’ve never loved my body so sweetly or been more open to possibilities than before regularly practicing.

Full disclosure: I’m an active person! Hiking, cycling, boxing, basketball, swimming, weight training—I dabble in it all. Oh, but yoga… There’s nothing like it. And this article is dedicated to our love affair.

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