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Change Your Inner Monologue -- From Yoga journal

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Change Your Inner Monologue
If you observe your mind, there is always noise. It begins the moment you open your eyes in the morning and carries on every single second until you close your eyes at night. Perhaps this chatter prevents you from drifting off to sleep. And when you do finally doze off, it may make that rest fitful. When you examine your mental chatter, you will quickly discern that this unending noise has patterns. One of the most powerful and prevalent is your Voice of Judgment. Over time, negative judgments start to accumulate. Eventually they form a huge barrier that sits squarely in front of you on the path to your ideal life.
During the day, try carrying around a journal—or a file, notebook, or sheet of paper. Categorize the types of mind chatter that assault or beguile. Do this for at least two weeks. Are there wild flights of fancy? Elaborate escapist dreams? If so, try to be specific about exactly what types of accomplishments you fantasize about.
The very act of observing it changes your mental chatter. Shoplifting drops dramatically when department stores install surveillance cameras and post signs that they have done so. Similarly, your mental chatter is less able to take you down destructive paths when you become consciously aware of it.
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    I liked this blog a lot, and I like your page updates. You make very good points.
    Thanks so much for writing this.You look amazing!
    1864 days ago
    Thanks for the idea of documenting some of that chatter. I hadn't heard that particular suggestion before. I'd especially like to become more aware of those imagined scenarios of harm that sneak up on me. The judgements too, when I make someone else wrong, while I'm the agrieved party (victim)--I'd like to recognize and neutralize those faster as well.

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    1871 days ago
    This is fabulous! Thank you for sharing this philosophy.

    1872 days ago
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    I was actually able to meditate when I woke up yesterday morning. Not today, but I'm working on it :)
    1872 days ago
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