As an extremely empathetic person, I pick up and carry around a lot of outside energy. Sometimes it's easy for me to differentiate between what's mine and what's someone else's but there are times when others' beliefs, thoughts, and vibes become muddled with my own. Whenever I start to feel easily swayed or like someone else is driving my life, I know I need to step back and regain control. We all have our own path. We all have a unique purpose in this world, which is why I think flushing out the noise on occasion and reconnecting with one's inner self is so important.
One of my favorite ways to cleanse the mind and recenter is through yoga nidra. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge yoga fan, but yoga nidra is not your typical yoga. Instead of standing and holding awkward poses, all yoga nidra attendees are invited to close their eyes and lie down. The instructor then leads everyone into a deep state of relaxation--a half-awake/half-asleep mind--and encourages self-exploration through gentle guiding cues. By the end of the hour, I always feel calmer and closer to myself. I feel my heart and mind open up with pure, debris-free purpose again.
Another effective way I've found to filter out external influences and energies is by attending a gong bath. Just like with yoga nidra, everyone is invited to close their eyes and sit or lie down while one or two instructors go around the room sounding off different sized gongs. The effect is intoxicating. Like ripples over water, the various tones reverberate through the mind, pushing out all thoughts and mental noise. If you have trouble relaxing and getting into a meditative state, I highly recommend a gong bath. The sounds do all the cleansing work for you. All you have to do is lie still and allow the healing to flood in.
So next time you feel muddled, give yoga nidra or a gong bath a try. If you don't live in an area that offers these classes, be weird like me and download a gong bath CD. You don't need to spend a lot of money to recenter. In fact, all you really need is some space from the world and time to close your eyes and open back up to yourself. Life can often feel like a crowded, six-lane highway. Make sure you know who's driving. Make sure, no matter how loud the surrounding engines and horns, you're the one in control. Make sure you're living for you.