Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6 Steps to Better Inner Dialogue
Editor's Note: The Daily Prism's posts that list ways to achieve an improved self and planet, are some of the most visited posts on this blog. With that in mind, this abbreviated version of "6 Tips to Master Your Internal Dialogue" comes from the Chopra Center:
Perhaps you’re familiar with the expression, you create your reality. It’s a popular and catchy phrase frequently used in the Human Potential Movement that refers to the way our mind, through attention and intention, structures our experiences and perceives our reality. Dr. David Simon once said, “Reality is a selective act of attention and interpretation.” According to this view, our attention is what we put our mental focus on—but it is during the interpretation that the intellect analyzes and derives meaning. This interpretation takes place in the form of internal dialogue.
But just what is internal dialogue? Put simply, internal dialogue is the conversation our ego is having with itself. It’s the sub-textual voice that applies logic, reasoning, and beliefs to situations, people, and events. It also serves as a filter for those experiences and colors the way in which we see the world. As such, the internal dialogue plays a vital role in deriving meaning from our life and reality. When our internal dialogue is dark, negative, and dismal, we see a world filtered through those qualities. Conversely, when we have positive, uplifting, and optimistic internal dialogue, we perceive those states as the backdrop of our life.
What follows are six steps that can help you to master your internal dialogue and shape your life into one of happiness and fulfillment.
1. Spend Time in Silence
2. Cultivate Gratitude
3. Actively Avoid Negativity
4. Harness the Power of Affirmations
5. Practice Impeccable Speech and Behavior
6. Remember Your True Nature