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Notice where the voice likes to wander

Notice where the voice likes to wander

Notice that your mind always loves to go to the past or the future because that’s where it can get your attention.

It always tries to escape the present which is your most valuable asset. Train your mind to come back to the present.

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Train your mind-voice

Have you noticed that your thoughts never say something like, “Wow, it’s such a wonderfully normal and mundane day? Let’s enjoy that cup of coffee. Don’t get worked up about stupid things like traffic. Just enjoy yourself!”

The mind never says things like that by itself. You need to TRAIN your mind to speak to you like that.

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A Voice inside our heads

We all have a voice inside of our heads that seems to comment on everything it sees. It also loves to criticize you or push you to go after things it desires - Things like more food, money, sex, alcohol, drugs, travel, entertainment.

This dialogue distracts us from the present. It makes us less focused and even disappointed in ourselves by making us question our self-worth.

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Follow the trend

When you resist the trend, you become distracted, restless, and dissatisfied with the present. No good ever came from a mind that’s lost in thought. It only causes suffering” - Eckhart Tolle

What’s the trend? That which is present. That which is bigger than you. That which is important.

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How to train to think?

Train yourself to think about your thoughts in a way that it’s not a part of you. You’re the consciousness who’s noticing the thoughts. You’re not the thoughts. You merely notice them.

But most of us identify ourselves with our thoughts. We actually listen to the thoughts, and as a result, we’re hardly present.

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What’s “follow the trend”?

Following the trend doesn’t mean to blindly follow others. It means to follow your trend. Your present. Your immediate needs.

Always work with the trend. Stay in the present, and make it your friend. Every time your mind is trying to take you to the future or past, become aware of it, and say, “You’re not my friend. The present is. Goodbye,’ and snap back to what’s in front of you.

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Peace, despite the noise in your mind
  • Understand it is impossible to silence your mind: It’s human to have thoughts. 
  • The more you fight your thoughts, the more you amplify them. Being non-judgmental is the key to stillness.
  • Whenever you analyze, you are always thinking into the past and future, not in the present moment.
  • Focus on what you are doing: This restrains your mind from wandering.
  • Return to focus whenever you wander away from it.

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Contemporary mindfulness

Research findings conclude that regular mindfulness meditation reduces stress and builds resilience. 

Yet, those who practice contemporary mindfulness find, instead of engaging in careful thought about oneself, that they are encouraged to be nonjudgemental of your thoughts - to disregard the content or your own thoughts. Mindfulness oversimplifies the complexity of understanding oneself.

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The essential skill of listening

Listening is essential if you want to have a meaningful exchange with another person.

When you listen in a way that the other person feels heard, they are more likely to relax, open up and share information with you.

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