Becoming mindful of inner talk, or inner self talk, opens the door to inspired life change on a broad scale. Awareness of internal dialogue alerts us to changes we may choose to make, regaining a sense of self-control we've lost or believed we could never have.
Learning language for the first time in life was such a revolution in being. No longer reliant on body language and unintelligible noises and sounds, you become able to talk and verbally communicate your wishes. With this newly acquired ability you're able to influence your environment and surroundings in ways previously impossible.
Acquiring language opens up a world of communication with others. It also opens up a world of communication with yourself. The world of inner self talk is born. With this new power and influence comes a responsibility. What you say has impact.
Just as you now have the response-ability to mind the language you use when communicating with others; so you now have the response-ability to mind your communications with yourself. What are you in the habit of telling yourself? How do you treat yourself? How do you conduct yourself, not only externally, but internally as well?
Do your internal communications reflect a sense of self-worth, self-respect and self-care? Does your relationship with inner-talk provide a source of strength or is it a depleting influence in your life? Cultivating inner-strength and resilience has a lot to do with how we learn to handle this inner talk of ours.
There are two kinds of inner self talk that are important to distinguish when aiming to work effectively towards internal well-being ...
There are two kinds of inner self talk we can engage in: conscious inner-talk and subconscious inner-talk.
Conscious self-talk is under immediate and direct control. Right here and now you can decide what you want to say to yourself. You can relate to yourself with strength or you can berate or denigrate yourself if you wish. The choice is yours.
Subconscious self-talk, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. Once internal dialogue has been absorbed into your subconscious mind it now operates automatically - beyond the reach of your conscious awareness or control.
Becoming part of your subconscious apparatus it now feels as if it's part of your very 'being'. Much of your subsequent thinking and internal communications are then influenced by this subconscious current of inner talk.
Conscious attempts to change these subconscious influences may very well prove misguided, for some of the reasons below.
Once absorbed into our deeper brain, inner talk becomes an ongoing current of thoughts and feelings that stream through us, quite naturally coloring the entire atmosphere of our inner world and well-being.
This inner torrent of thought-turned-feeling is now beyond reasoning, since reasoning belongs to the realm of the conscious mind. We may consciously try to tell ourselves we're worthy and deserving of self-respect; yet if our subconscious undercurrent doesn't concur we won't be moved.
For better or worse our subconscious self-talk becomes a form of personal truth that is hard to reach or question.
Yet, is it the whole truth and nothing but the truth? No it isn't. That's why it can be changed. If it was the whole truth about you, you wouldn't feel any dissonance. You wouldn't feel as if something's 'off'. You wouldn't feel drawn towards inspired life change.
Becoming mindful of these subconscious under currents operating in your life, is to begin tapping into the inspired life changes you're after. There are two powerful methods to work with.
Two mindful methods for working directly with subconscious inner-talk are outlined below. The first method is meditation and the second is hypnosis (see hypnosis facts if the word 'hypnosis' brings up some strange connotations for you).
These two methodologies are by no means mutually exclusive, since they're both trained at the body-mind connection. Meditation helps develop an objective and spacious frame of mind, while hypnosis helps you proactively change unhealthy thought patterns or mind habits that are detrimentally affecting your life.
Meditation is a practice of releasing and letting go, achieved through a commitment to unconditional and concentrated observation. While there are many different kinds of meditation methods, this describes meditation in its purest form.
In meditation you discover how observation itself steals you away from over-involvement with thought. With observation, initially of your breath or using other mental focusing exercises, your concentration grows. The more concentrated you become, the more easily it'll be to simply observe without allowing your thoughts and emotions to carry you away.
Being alert and relaxed, simultaneously, is the ultimate body-mind condition cultivated in meditation. This also happens to be the ultimate state of body and mind for experiencing flow and for reprogramming the subconscious mind for positive change ...
There are times in life when you may find yourself in want of a workable solution to an immediate problem or need. Awareness alone may not be satisfactory in cases where you want change and you want it now.
While meditation helps cultivate freedom from the mind, it's best regarded as a life long practice. It takes time to grow free of the mind.
If it's a specific subconscious thought pattern that's creating unhappiness in your life, hypnosis can help you with more immediate inspired life change and relief. Self-hypnosis utilizes the same relaxed-alertness cultivated in meditation to exercise profound transformations at a deep level.
Aware or not subconscious inner-talk powerfully influences our lives. To the degree we learn to master this inner presence and power is the degree to which we're empowered towards inspired life changes of all kinds. Both meditation and hypnosis are powerful methods we can utilize to this end.
Meditation gives you freedom and insight; while self-hypnosis allows you to change subconscious inner talk proactively. Both practices meet at the intersection of body and mind. The synergy created between the two sends you on an upward spiral of positive change that represents your evolutionary pathways.