Get Out of Your Head: How to stop Worrying Thoughts and Negative Internal Dialogue
Thought Stopping Technique to help you on your conscious journey to become more mindful.
“A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” - James Allen
Many of us are taking the more mindful path, and making a commitment to live more conscious lifestyles. Part of being mindful is the ability to begin to recognize that every thought you have is not the truth nor does every thought we have serve us. Our inner observer begins to separate thoughts from truth, which is great.
However as we become more mindful in our daily lives it is a common experience to notice worrying and ruminating thoughts. The problem comes when you want to change your pattern of thinking and perhaps decrease your amount of worry and rumination. I will tell you an effective way to start this process and begin to reduce worrying or difficult thoughts.
Thought Stopping Technique
Cognitive behavioral therapy offers many ways to work with thoughts as well as challenge them. Below is an acronym S.T.O.P. I developed to add a conscious approach to these cognitive techniques. There are several versions of this thought stopping technique, and this is my conscious spin that I personally use.
Les Brown introduced me to the James Allen quote above comparing the mind to a garden. We must tend to our thoughts or the weeds of negative thinking and worry will take over. Take your mindfulness practice one step further and STOP the weeds growing in your beautiful garden.
– Tiffany Shelton, M.A. is a psychotherapist and consciousness expert. Her passion to elevate consciousness goes beyond the message of self-care or wellness, but instead consciously adds to these movements by demanding awakening and insight. Learn more about Tiffany Shelton by clicking here.
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