HOW TO SHUT UP YOUR THOUGHTS

This is one of the most common questions I get asked and one I think we can all relate to. While I can give you some pointers and context here, it’s really about putting it into practice and experiencing it yourself.

Your mind will never shut up

First you need to understand the nature of what we call the OMC (ordinary mental consciousness) – the automatic chatter that fills your head.

You may not want to hear this but unfortunately IT NEVER WILL SHUT UP. It is reactive and noisy by nature.

You know what I mean…
you hear a sound and think ‘is that my partner coming home… he’s always late… I wish he would call or text… I mean what if he had had an accident… I don’t think it is him…oh god maybe he’s had a car crash… it has been raining heavily all night… how would I get to the hospital… he’s got the car’… blah blah blah.

From a simple sound, your mind has led you on a convoluted, dramatic journey to you partner being in hospital!! Sounds crazy but you know it happens, and you know your version of this ;)

Disconnecting the voltage that charges thoughts

When the OMC has its way, it runs a constant internal dialogue with itself, and a lot of the time it’s not necessarily very constructive and positive.

The important thing that most people don’t know is this –

The chatter of your mind is fueled by latent emotional charges that dwell deep in your unconsciousness.

If you’ve ever had the experience where your emotional response was out of proportion to the event at hand, then you’ve come into contact with these hidden emotional charges.

One of the most powerful ways to quieten the mind is to directly address these charges with a technique like IST, a meditation-based therapy.

It’s a systematic and productive way to deal with the major emotional charges which cause havoc with your inner equilibrium and ability to experience silence.

Samuel Sagan, founder of the Clairvision School where I trained, uses the metaphor of a boat (meditation) and its anchor (latent emotional charges) to illustrate this dynamic – ‘the solution is not only to row, but to get rid of the anchor’ first. (Regression, 1996)

What can I do now?

For now, here’s something to try the next time you are caught in a ‘mind storm’. The first step is to notice you have been taken over by your thoughts.

Then take a few long deep breaths, and become physically still or even take yourself out of the situation so you can be quiet and undisturbed.

Become aware of what is going on in your body, do you feel discomfort or pain somewhere? If so, be with it, let your awareness infuse it, almost as though you are energetically ‘holding’ the discomfort.

Notice if the thoughts become less intense when you do this.

This process takes practice so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get it the first time. It is a powerful way to start becoming conscious of the emotional charges that get triggered in you during the day, and which make our thoughts so much louder and more intense.

How did you go?

Let me know in the comments below how you went with this process, and any experiences you have had of getting caught in a storm of thoughts.

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