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RE: Shutting off Inner Dialogue
(Yesterday 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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(Yesterday 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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(Yesterday 12:24 PM)afewgoodrats Wrote:  
(Yesterday 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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