Day 12: Is Your Mind Chatter Cluttering Up Your Life?

When you wake up in the morning do you hear the voice(s) in your head talking? What is it (are they) saying to you?

For many of us our monkey mind, as the Buddhists call it, is always on the move, jumping from branch to branch, chattering incessantly, producing up to 100,000 thoughts per day.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative.

What we think creates our reality. We attract what we are – The Law of Attraction 101. If your thoughts are negative, you are attracting more of what you don’t want in your life!

All that mind chatter manifests itself as your reality. So your internal monologue, your self-talk is critical. Your inner thoughts are your real intentions. They’re the ones that your subconscious really believes.

Many people (especially those who are in the spiritual community)believe in being positive. However they are often not aware of howmuch of their mind chatter is negative and what their subconsciousbeliefs really are.

How can we become aware of our thoughts since most of them are unconscious?

A great exercise is doing MORNING PAGES from Julia Cameron’s“The Artist’s Way”. Morning pages are three pages of longhand,stream of consciousness writing done first thing in the morning.

How to do Morning Pages:

Keep a notebook by your bedside.
Write 3 pages of longhand. Write whatever comes into your head.
It’s for your eyes only.
Just put three pages of everything that you think about on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow. 
Do not censor yourself.
Write down everything.

You will find out what your subconscious thoughts are.

What is on your mind most of the time?
What kind of tone do you have?
Are you angry, frustrated, upset, sad, disappointed?
What kind of words do you use?
How do you talk to yourself?
Are you gentle, kind and loving or do you berate yourself?
What thoughts are preoccupying you?

Practice doing morning pages this week and see what’s really onyour mind.

This week we are going to explore our MENTAL clutter as wecontinue the work of getting rid of our physical clutter.