16 Attention to internal dialogue

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Our internal dialogue shapes our beliefs about ourselves and about the world around us, but it also directly affects our mood and emotions. The language we use when we think and what we say with these thoughts to ourselves is much more important, powerful and disturbing than we think. Our internal dialogue is a reflection of our emotional states, our attitudes, beliefs, fears, among others. This relationship goes both ways, because our emotional states, our attitudes, beliefs, etc. they are in turn a reflection of our internal dialogue. It is interesting to know that the simple act of thinking about a certain topic can change our mood. If you think and speak positively, everything will change.

For this class you will need a pen and paper and a comfortable place with a table where you can write

Mindfulness is not spending the day with a blank mind

but to be aware of everything that happens inside and outside of you during most of the day

time possible

You've been checking it throughout this course, haven't you? As a fact I will tell you that we have an average of 60,000 thoughts per day, of which in some people up to 80% are thoughts that affect us in a negative way

What I want to tell you is that in order to improve this aspect, the best thing to do is to not to ignore our internal dialogue, but to become aware of it

We always have the mental radio on even if we don't realize it

and sometimes it can be very beneficial for us to have that dialogue, as long as it is conscious and positive

So for today we are going to do an exercise to start paying attention to our inner dialogue

and make an analysis about what kind of thoughts we usually have

Please take a pen and paper and allow yourself some time to be alone in a comfortable place, sitting down and with a table nearby so you can write

Are you ready? Well, let's start with the exercise

I want you to make a mental review of what are your most predominant thoughts in your life

throughout the day

For example: How many critical thoughts have you had today towards yourself? And with the world? Write them down right now on your paper

What have you thought about most of the day, what have you said to yourself about it all? Take a moment to reflect on this and write it down

From this list of thoughts, are you able to identify some patterns and recurring thoughts? If so, please take note of them

What thoughts are repeated? What themes do you usually have in your head? Thanks to this analysis you will be able to know the things that worry you and if you talk to yourself

in a compassionate and kind way or rather the opposite

In this way, making us conscious, you will be able to make changes in your life for the better

All this data about your thoughts will help you to know yourself better, to know how you normally process your thoughts

external information and in this way you will be able to make changes or polish those thoughts that do not favor you right now

I recommend that you do this self-exploration exercise from time to time, periodically

Pay attention to your thoughts and review them to achieve an integral mindfulness life

That's all for today, until next time and happy present moment

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