9 Mastery Practices for Mental Clarity and Awareness

After that intense start to the year, with much focus on our physical existence – work, money and health – February brings a much needed brightness and a feeling of moving ahead with fresh ideas, potentials and possibilities. This shift from the physical to mental, will also speed up the pace of life and with it, the mind can feel buzzing and stimulated. This is a time to stay alert, aware, awake and attuned. How can you guard against overstimulation, mental clutter  and overwhelm? This month, we explore 9 essential mastery practices for mental clarity and awareness. 

1. Decluttering

Cleaning, clearing, tidying and decluttering has many benefits:

    • It creates the space to allow in the new,
    • It gives you clarity so you can see clearly what’s there and what’s not,
    • It frees up energy,
    • It increases your efficiency,
    • This practice of letting go, clears your mind. The inside creates the outside and the outside impacts the inside.

More on How to declutter your mind on Ideas.Ted.com

2. Letting go

Declutter not just your environment. Clear your mind as well. As you let go of things, also let go of beliefs and ideas that you’ve outgrown. Let go of the ego and its fears, grudges, expectations and disappointments. A clean slate creates new opportunities and new doors will open. Welcome the new.

3. Practicing Self-care

Self-care is more important now than ever before. It’s is an essential practice for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Find out more about the why, what and how of Self-care.

4. Finding Balance

Balance is a key life lesson for many of us. Look after your nervous system, your body and your immune system now that the pace of life is speeding up. Your body will tell you that it’s time to stop and restore the balance for your health’s sake. What do we mean by finding balance? Here are Practical Ways to Restoring Balance in You.

5. Staying Grounded

With this shift to mental activities, and the speeding up of the pace of life, it’s important to stay grounded in the body. Manage the speed of life by taking time out, slowing down and coming back to the body. When we’re in the body with awareness, we are present in the moment. This presence naturally clears the thoughts and frees the mind. Have a daily grounding practice, like walking in nature to clear the mind. This connection with nature is deeply nourishing, cleansing and re-energising. You can also discharge into the earth any excess mental energy. This connection with the body and the Earth, awakens the senses and restores the joy of life as a sense-experience.  

6. Being Your True Authentic Self

Be who you are now, not who you were or thought you had to be. 2020 is all about stepping up into your highest potential; bringing your true magnificent self out into the world. It’s about being ok with your own uniqueness and feeling that you can comfortably express your unique self in the world. Set intentions about what you really want. Get clear on your goals and how you want to authentically express these in the world with courage. Your choices are powerful creative forces. Step into your mastery. How do you want to shine and share your energy in the world? How do you want to contribute to the bigger scheme of things as your true individuated self? Honour and respect everyone’s uniqueness and equally feel freer to be your own unique self courageously.

Thoroughly contemplate this: What makes me different and what difference do I make?

7. Cultivating a Compassionate Inner Voice

As you practice mastery, it will be natural to want to continue bettering yourself. Do so with compassion to yourself. An inner critical voice won’t make you feel good about yourself and has the opposite effect. Replace the critical voice with a compassionate voice that still wants you to grow, yet nudges you gently in a non-judgmental compassionate way.

8. Flowing with the Energy

We’ve just entered the Chinese year of the Rat. It’s a Metal Rat which is really mental. Find out more how you can flow with the energy of the month and year by clicking through to
Cosmic Overview and Current Energies.

9. Meditation 

Practice mindfulness of your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, beliefs and their creative power. Meditation is a most restorative and healing practice for the mind. Join us this month for a meditation course with a difference. On 28th February we are starting the 7-week Meditation Course in Preston – Where we’ll lift the veils of illusion, peek into the unseen, share ancient wisdom and consult ground-breaking science, enabling you to see the world in a whole new way. You will grow in clarity and transform as a person. Essentially the meditations are healing and transformational, designed to facilitate your progression. Full details are on our Events Calendar


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2020, the Year of Evolutionary Growth

Welcome to 2020, a new year; a new decade. We are entering a hugely transformational time – a year of evolutionary growth; globally and personally. 2020 starts a decade of significant world changes, big choices and deep healing. 2019 brought an old cycle to an end and 2020 starts a whole new cycle. How can you enter this year meaningfully and rise to its demands for stepping up in responsibility, maturity and mastery? To assist you with clarity and vision, here are 3 key questions to ask yourself in January 2020:

1. What are you letting go of?

Right from the start of the year, as you become motivated to open up to something new, you’ll be nudged to let go of the old – of something you’ve outgrown or something that’s lost it’s relevance or some change you want to make now. You’ll know, because you’ll feel ready to let it go as something new is coming up. How do you want to change consciously? What habits and patterns do you want to release? As you let go, you create the essential space for a whole new energy and focus to enter your life. Feel it intuitively, honour it and then, set the intention to let it go. The intention is the catalyst that sets you free and opens you up to the new. How do you want to grow consciously? How can you release fear, especially fear of change, and open up to love, connection and expansion?

2. What are you opening up to?

What does your heart want? Feel it within. What do you love doing? What is your soul directive? Why are you here now? What is your purpose? 2020 demands of us to really be our true authentic selves. Often we hold back and show a side to the world that we feel comfortable with, fearing what others may be thinking if we reveal it all. Now is the time to finally release those fears and doubts, let your true self come to the fore, be who you are and do what you feel called to do in the world. 

As you open your heart, everyone around you is uplifted by the light you emanate.

Streamline your focus by taking Question 2 into the areas of your life relevant to the themes we face in 2020:

Health and healing – emotional healing, ancestral healing, relational healing and healing of the planet.

Career and business – step up in your career; your business as an authority in your own right. Set big goals for the next decade. Do this in alignment with your soul directive; your purpose. Own your power and express it responsibly for the greater good.

Growth and spirituality – release doubts and fears, step up in responsibility, maturity and mastery. Let love be your motivation.

Finance – target your resources in alignment with your focused priorities. 

3. What are you committing to?

What is your long term commitment? What does this decade hold for you? Whilst there may be many big changes on a global scale, ask yourself: “How am I choosing to create and shape my world?”. This will help you to prioritise and focus your resources in alignment with your key commitments. It will also help you to say no to seemingly pressing issues others may bring across your path, knowing you only have so much time, energy and resources. You may have had a vision; a dream for a while, this year holds the energy to pull that vision through into form; into practical manifestation. 

Mastery is doing the inner work. The outer world will respond.

Themes for 2020

Big change, big magical opportunity, expansion, responsible choices, healing, awakening, clarity, 2020 vision – seeing clearly.

What you may experience in the world

Significant world changes
Changes in global power structures  
Spiritual awakening rising on the planet 
The truth being revealed
Secrets being unveiled.

What you may experience in your life 

Broadened perspective; seeing things in a new light 
A new focus, change or step up in what you do
Increased productivity
Projects manifesting.

What you may experience in yourself

Insight in what’s happening in the world
Increased awareness
Intuitive insights
Heightened presence
Insights in yourself
Growth, maturity and mastery of your own personal power.

Tips for approaching 2020 

Stay in the heart; practice heart coherence
Get back to basics
Stay grounded 
Invest in wellness
Balance technology with face to face interaction
Make responsible choices – considering the impact on yourself, others and the planet 
Live practically in the present moment 
Get clear on what you really want. Why are you here right now?
Have a plan; make decisions 
Act on your vision – take practical steps to make things happen 
Connect and collaborate 
Use your creativity 
Slow down 
Connect with nature 
Be emotionally aware
Practice mindfulness 
Keep a positive outlook 
Be true to yourself; speaking your own truth 
Own and express your power, responsibly
Do the inner work of Mastery.


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