Chapter 3, part 2: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 7 September 2022 at 15:14

According to Tiffany:

A lot of mental clutter comes from technology and devices. Your brain's "reward center" lights up when someone likes your stuff. There is a sense of accomplishment. This makes addiction stronger. This can be a major component leading to mental illness and negativity. All this can add to an already cluttered or scattered mentality.


You can use social media for growth and positivity. The above is mainly for people with low self-esteem and no control over their personal lives.


Tiffany has identified three steps to overcome these negative thoughts:

1.  Put down your phone or digital device and take on what is happening around you. Try "mindful meditation"; or self-awareness. Spend less time in the virtual world and more time learning about yourself and your family.

2.  Limit time on social media. Only follow inspiring and positive feeds. Do not obsess about what others think.

3.  Keep note that social media and technology are not real. People post what they want you to see. Not what is real.


Be who you are.


A Book in Time's Commentary:


Professionally:  Criticism in the workplace may be in the form of "constructive criticism." At least, this would be a healthy way to handle information fed to you that may not have been pleasing to receive. It's time to put a little bit of thick skin on and think about what has been said about you or your work. Consider if you were not making mistakes or presented with items for improvement, you would not be growing. Lou Holtz said, "In this world, you're either growing, or you're dying, so get in motion to grow". Constructive criticism offers a balance of both negative and positive responses. Relish in the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your position/career/business. Show that you are open to making improvements. A common knee-jerk reaction is to be "offended" or to blame someone else. Capture this negative perception and think about the suggestion or criticism. Is there a possibility that there is some truth to it? Wonderful!! Knowledge is power, and now you have an awareness and firsthand opportunity to fix, adjust, improve, and excel! The alternative would be the problem. No one cared enough to bring this to your attention, and that behavior, skill, or habit continued to fester. Perhaps the critic's approach or demeanor was a little less than desirable. Feel confident in who you are, know yourself, separate truth from lies, and remove negative "feelings" from the equation. Feelings are unreliable. Unfortunately, demonic forces in this world thrive and strive to bring you to their own low-density level of misery. Do not allow them to penetrate the truth that you know. Being open to receiving criticism or suggestions also shows that you are approachable and allows for building a stronger workplace relationship with your coworkers, supervisor, boss, or employees. Approachable people are calm, engaging, and attractive, drawing others in to interact.


Personally:  According to, "We are conditioned to project only our best, albeit unrealistic, selves on our social media profiles as a modern way of virtually keeping up with the Joneses." Many people spend much time and effort developing a digital identity. "Social media is an interesting lens on the creation of the self, and how this construction affects our mental well-being" from People are often fooled into believing other people's lives are better than their own, as people do not advertise their negative traits. Take time to unplug from social media and electronic devices. Realize that most of it is not reality, and select productive activities when you engage in social media, such as connecting with friends, family, and even professionals. It can be a wonderful tool for diminishing loneliness, inspiring healthy lifestyle changes, or sharing recipes. Consider other alternatives as well, such as finding more supportive activities for yourself, such as exercising, reading, listening to music or audiobooks, meditating, engaging with real-life friends, or becoming involved with your community or church. Much research has shown that forms of depression may occur due to "buying in" to the perfect platforms presented on social media. So, be aware of social media's positive and negative elements and choose to interact in a way that is helpful, supportive, and healthy to yourself. Be confident and secure with who you are and avoid comparing yourself to others regarding stories, backgrounds, images, or "likes."


Spiritually:  Most people live their lives feeling as though life happens to them. Some days they feel happy, and some days they feel unsettled. They allow the circumstances to dictate their actions, feelings, and beliefs. They are

"unconscious" to life. However, it is possible to transform this way of thinking and develop new and powerful insights. You can create a peaceful, happier, more radiant life by shifting to a higher level of awareness. Energy is neither created nor destroyed. Rather, it is transformed. And it is always in motion. You have the ability to recognize when you have thoughts and feelings that are heavy, dense, and low-frequency. You can literally feel the weight of this energy and the surrounding atmosphere of negativism. Close your eyes, become aware of your breathing, and visualize connecting your mind and heart until they are in sync. Repeat uplifting words and phrases to yourself, such as light, love, joy, peace, Jesus, fill my heart with light, fill my heart with love. You may repeat the names of people you love. If negative thoughts or images occur, let them roll through you but do not let them attach to anything. Bring your mind back to the light and uplifting words and phrases. Imagine an aura of light surrounding you and visualize all the dense, heavy thoughts and feelings released. Let light and love radiate through your body and raise your level of awareness higher and higher, and let the positive high-frequency energy flow throughout your body. You will know how much time to spend on this exercise. Perform it daily or even a few times throughout the day. It will become easier each time to release the heaviness of the low-frequency energy and level of awareness and to raise yourself to a higher level of observation.


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