- Inner thoughts
Courtesy: Bala, chennai - www.visionunlimited.in
Just a few days ago, while in my yoga practice, I became more aware of my inner dialogue or inner thoughts. I was pleased that my thoughts were on the neutral or positive side, which showed me that I was in a positive frame of mind. Our inner self-talk is very reflective of our overall sense of well-being and peace of mind.
The inner voice gives us a running commentary throughout the day of what is going on in our heads. According to scientific studies, our inner dialogues can range from 150-300 words per minute. Now, that's a lot of self-conversing going on throughout the day! Joking aside, our internal dialogues have a lot of influence over us. They can either be very positive and uplifting, or they can be negative and demoralizing.
While the former is uplifting and makes you feel good, the latter can be loaded with negative words and criticism that really bring you down. Fortunately, this is an area of life we can work on. For example, coaches and sports trainers work with athletes to help them develop positive inner dialogues. By helping the athletes to believe in themselves and their ability to improve their performance, they better their capacity to compete and to overcome the challenges in order to win at competitions.
Fortunately, all of us can work on techniques to develop and/or better our positive inner dialogue. You start by becoming aware of the thoughts going through your head. Pay attention to what you are saying to yourself. When you notice optimistic self-talk, applaud it because it means that you are moving in a positive direction. If you identify negative inner dialogue, stop to hear what you are saying. Think about where these thoughts might be coming from. For example, do they stem from anger, hurt or jealousy? Consider whether there is any valid basis for the thought, and if so, consider some more upbeat or constructive ways to confront it or affirmative steps you can take to change it. Bringing reason to the process can often dispel disparaging thoughts, most of which stem from distant and forgotten experiences that no longer apply to our daily lives.
Friends, on those occasions when you do catch yourself in negative self-talk, take a moment to rephrase those thoughts into a positive one in your head. It takes a bit of time and commitment, but the benefits are well worth the effort. As your thoughts continue to become more and more positive, you will find your quality of life improving accordingly.
I hope you will keep this exercise in mind over the upcoming weeks and see if you can begin to shift your thoughts in a more positive and understanding direction. This would be a big step for you and it would help you to feel more empowered to move your life in the direction you want it to go in.
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