A Way to Calm Obsessive & Repetitive Thinking
It’s taken me some time to get to know my own mind, but when I really started to listen to it with an objective focus, detached from its narrative, I began to understand something …
The Mind’s Power over the Body
The mind is a machine, programming this ‘body suit’ to function to its every command. You can take that piece of information as far as you like, as I believe the mind can even programme all illness - and deprogram it (DM me if you want to discuss this). I recently read that studies show the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day! When you actually start to listen to some thoughts it can be quite shocking how banal they are …and even abusive! Self abusive I mean … as I often catch my mind trying to gain the momentum of a negative thought … ‘what did they mean by that? … hmmm’ or ‘I’m not … because …(fill in the blank) and then on and on - making the situation worse and worse until …. snap, fall - deeper and deeper.
A Simple Meditation Technique You can Adopt Now
A meditation technique called ‘Noting’ is something I learnt from a meditation app called Headspace and was also reinforced in some 1:1 therapy I undertook. It was so helpful to learn in order to calm repetitive thoughts. Noting is simply just observing the thoughts that come into your head … one by one. Realising them and then releasing them. You can write them down to fully observe their hold on you … Actually for me, looking at a stream of negative thoughts I wrote down on paper, made me realise how disjointed the voice can get inside my head sometimes gets - so many unfinished, non sensical statements.
Toxic Thoughts Release Toxic Chemicals in the Body
There have been countless studies on how thoughts can be toxic for the body, pumping cortisol the stress hormone through your system … this is said to damage the cells in your organism, making you - amongst other things, prematurely age … so this makes releasing negativity so important - make it part of your (inner and outer) beauty routine!
5 Minute Practice Every Day
If you don’t already have a meditation practice, try this …
Sit for 5 minutes - back straight against a bed
Fully commit to listening to the voice in your head
Mentally note every thought you have - “ah that thought again”
Let them go - release their grip - be free of their power over your body
Observe how your body feels letting a thought go - notice any guilt you may feel when not thinking that thought too … ! If you do feel bad for not punishing yourself with a thought, this is something to dive deep into WHY that may be.