Noting A is part of the FitMind Meditation Program. It is necessary to change how we understand and relate to thoughts through meditation.
Have you ever noticed how often you talk to yourself, often negatively?
Besides the fact that this chatter happens internally, it’s not much different from the deranged homeless man in the street who is talking to himself (albeit out loud). In both cases, the mind is completely confused by the internal chatter, tricked into identifying with some line of thinking for better or worse.
Try shutting off that voice in your head for a moment. It will keep rattling on, swinging from thought to thought like a monkey in the jungle.
How much of your day is spent mind-wandering? In other words, how often are you thinking about the past or future, rather than focusing on your immediate surroundings?
Thoughts can be quite helpful - they're largely responsible for the great human accomplishments and all of the technological advances that we enjoy today. But there's an underlying issue: because of how evolution and society have conditioned us, thoughts often taint our experience of the world.
And that's why it becomes necessary to change how we understand and relate to thoughts through meditation, to make them less of an issue.
Source: FitMind Blog (Inner Chatter)
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]