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Monday, February 6, 2012

How's Your Internal Dialogue?

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How’s Your Internal Dialogue?

Written by Steven Griggs |

"The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such and so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about it being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of the shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue" Carlos Castaneda

How is your self-talk?

Are you aware of how you talk to yourself?

Are you even aware that you “talk” to yourself?

We all do it. For many of us the voice speaks very quietly and we almost don’t hear it, but it’s there.

We talk to ourselves constantly. We are on an endless loop of questions, commentaries, replays and reruns.

We play back conversations and think of things we should or shouldn’t have said.

We replay scenarios of what we should or shouldn’t have done.

We relive old battles and arguments. We have imaginary conversations with our bosses or our spouse or children.

It never ends.

But in one way we are stuck and can’t get away from it. This is because we think in terms of language. We don’t just see images of the scene in our mind, we also translate it into words.

So there we are.

But there are ways to change this, to dial it down and alter the conversation.

The first step in learning to modify or adjust your self-talk is to begin paying attention to what you are saying…. especially about yourself.

Watch how you treat yourself and the things you say. (Isn’t this all a bit weird? Your mind listening to your mind talking to itself about itself…..!)

Keep track of how often you say something negative or critical about yourself, or your ability, or your looks, your body…. you get what I mean.

That’s the beginning.

Later you can begin changing your mind’s thought patterns through meditation. The goal in meditation (it really shouldn’t be called a goal) is to quiet the mind so you fall in between the gaps, the gaps between your thoughts.

It takes a little bit of technique and a little practice but meditating will have a profound effect on your mind and body. I will go into it more in a later article.

So start tuning in to what you are saying about yourself. Become aware of how you actually feel about yourself.

You can change the recording just like changing a CD.

You just have to listen.