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How to ‘Create a Clearing’ in Your Mind

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I’d like to teach you about, and guide you through, a technique that I use to clear out energy, to transition from one thing that I’m working on to another, or to just start something new, from a place of real clarity and alignment.

This is a technique I call “creating a clearing.”

The goal is to clear out your head and create space so that you can align yourself for whatever you have coming next.

I picture it like clearing off a piece of land so that you can start to build the foundation for your house. Before you begin, you’ve got to get all the trees, vegetation, weeds, vines, and stuff that’s been growing there for eons out of the way.

Your mind is like that piece of land. Think of all the stuff it accumulates throughout the course of your life. It’s like a jungle in there, and there certainly isn’t much room for more.

So, the idea behind a “mental clearing” is to clear out some of those things and create some space in your mind.

The first step is to get in a comfortable position. It can be at your desk, in a chair, in your bed, seated on the floor — whatever is comfortable for you.

This exercise is going to require you to close your eyes, so for the next step, click on the video at the top of this page (you can skip ahead to the 2-minute mark to go straight to the exercise) and follow along with me.

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Andy Petranek
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.