Slowing down that chattering mind subvocalizing
November 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Typically much of ones thinking process is thinking in spoken language. I have unscientifically dubbed this process subvocalizing, some people label the process “inner dialogue“, “inner monologue“, or “thinking-to- myself“.
One utilizes subvocalization for problem solving, reading and writing, deciding, daydreaming, or just reflecting on an event.
Although Zennists , such as I,work to minimize subvocalizing, it appears that subvocalization remains an important daily process.
what happens if subvocalization becomes to intense or “loud”? What is one to do if thoughts seem like they are racing and speeding out of control? The chattering is no longer a helpful tool … but an intrusive hindrance. – shifting one’s attention from the present moment or task-at- hand to wordy thoughts.
A couple tips I have learned over the years to slow down a chattering mind:
“Purge to paper” Journaling :
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