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RE: Shutting off Inner Dialogue
(11-11-2019 05:15 AM)Diocletian Wrote:  What I'll do is once I realize I start getting those thoughts, I say with my inner voice "stop" and then say at least one Our Father or Hail Mary, again with the inner voice. In my case it doesn't seem to matter which one. These types of formulaic prayers work best for me, I think it may be because it is something that I can easily resort to--kind of like running to that place of safety that you know will help without having to put too much thought into it.

I also use the word "stop" as the initial acknowledgment of negative thoughts. Because of my previous meditation training, that usually ends it.

I sometimes think of this comedy skit, which makes me lighten up:



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(11-11-2019 05:15 AM)Diocletian Wrote:  I have this problem myself, maybe worse then others. At times mine would get so bad that I would get extremely worked up, racing heart, if it was at a meal time I would even have trouble swallowing.

I found something that works for me. I still get it from time-to-time but the frequency and intensity has been drastically reduced.

What I'll do is once I realize I start getting those thoughts, I say with my inner voice "stop" and then say at least one Our Father or Hail Mary, again with the inner voice. In my case it doesn't seem to matter which one. These types of formulaic prayers work best for me, I think it may be because it is something that I can easily resort to--kind of like running to that place of safety that you know will help without having to put too much thought into it.

Scotian mentioned above smoking weed to slow your mind down. I tried that in the past, in fact I used to smoke quite a lot, but thank God I've gotten away from that habit. It always made the dialogue problem a whole lot worse because when I wasn't high a single negative experience would cause that dialogue to just totally flood my mind even worse than before, and then on top of that there's all the other negative effects of marijuana use.

Yeah sometimes when trying to sleep I have racing thoughts or music playing in my head. When I try to shut it off, I self sabatoge myself. It's almost like my head is unable to be completely silent.
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(11-11-2019 12:24 PM)afewgoodrats Wrote:  
(11-11-2019 05:15 AM)Diocletian Wrote:  I have this problem myself, maybe worse then others. At times mine would get so bad that I would get extremely worked up, racing heart, if it was at a meal time I would even have trouble swallowing.

I found something that works for me. I still get it from time-to-time but the frequency and intensity has been drastically reduced.

What I'll do is once I realize I start getting those thoughts, I say with my inner voice "stop" and then say at least one Our Father or Hail Mary, again with the inner voice. In my case it doesn't seem to matter which one. These types of formulaic prayers work best for me, I think it may be because it is something that I can easily resort to--kind of like running to that place of safety that you know will help without having to put too much thought into it.

Scotian mentioned above smoking weed to slow your mind down. I tried that in the past, in fact I used to smoke quite a lot, but thank God I've gotten away from that habit. It always made the dialogue problem a whole lot worse because when I wasn't high a single negative experience would cause that dialogue to just totally flood my mind even worse than before, and then on top of that there's all the other negative effects of marijuana use.

Yeah sometimes when trying to sleep I have racing thoughts or music playing in my head. When I try to shut it off, I self sabatoge myself. It's almost like my head is unable to be completely silent.

That is exactly why mastering meditation is so important. It trains your mind to go quiet.

More importantly, meditation proves to you that your mind can go quiet. Many people do not believe it is possible, but seeing is believing.
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It's good to occasionally think to yourself to shut up to avoid overthinking stuff that really doesn't merit it.

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11-15-2019 03:48 AM
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Working with your hands is very important, not just exercising for its own sake. It has to have a purpose beyond it, at least for me, otherwise it doesn't really work. Humans need purpose, not just activity. Helping other people and tiring your body with this purpose seems to yield the best results for me.

Usually when my head is going bonkers with inner monologue, it has a purpose and I have to figure out what it is and act accordingly. Usually, for me, it's too much time immersed in the darkness of the world (political, social stuff) or too much hiding it with entertainment so that the monologue grows in intensity so I am forced to listen to it.

If it's filled with ONLY negative self-thoughts though, I think it might be demonic oppression, to which the only real solution is prayer. Personally I found I had to go back to structured prayer, because 'spontaneous' prayer on its own makes me lose myself in my thoughts again. By repeating the words that Christians across the centuries have said, you are in good company, you know those work for sure. If nothing else, pray the Psalms, you can never go wrong with those.

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