Quiz: Are you open to Self-Nurture?
- Choice: Yes, Sometimes, Not really, No
- Are you aware of body sensations when you are feeling happy (high vibes)?
- Are you aware of body sensations when you are feeling down (low vibes)?
- Do you ask yourself how do I want to feel when you are feeling low vibes?
- Do you believe that the words you use affect your vibration levels?
- Do you believe you are the master of your mind, specifically thoughts?
If you answered yes to more than 3 questions, you are open to expanding and receiving the self-nurturing gift of mastering your thought patterns.
Meditation and Word Power (Self-Talk)
I am the first to admit that it takes daily practice to be the master of my thoughts.
My desire is to remain calm and confident when discomfort, anxiety, and overwhelm arises. As a Self-Talk Guide and student (I am always open to learning and growing), the practice of questioning my emotions from the upside of the line has transformed how I speak to myself. After practicing Vipassana mediation for over 7 years I found a technique that increased my awareness of body sensations; a knowing that everything passes and arises exactly in the way that seasons change; and remaining equanimous wether experiencing good or bad is the ultimate goal to eradicating suffering. 7 years later (isn’t there a 7 year itch…) I am grateful to have come across a how to guide for observing my thoughts that are so incredibly related to the body sensations that I am experiencing. This how to guide is the Belief Re-patterning technique as taught by Suze Casey.
Now, I have studied and read about Self-Talk which is wonderful, however having a step-by-step practical learning guide is a beautiful gift, just like a 10 day Vipassana course.
According to Vipassana, meditation is the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Meditation can be used to develop a healthy mind.
According to Belief Re-patterning, Self-Talk is based as a learning theory, not a “healing modality” that easily moves you past old patterns and ways of being, uncovering your true self in the process. Self-Talk from the upside of the line gets you out of the spin-cycle. By focusing on creating what you want, rather than trying to figure out the “root cause” of what’s wrong is not the healthiest tool in the shed…
Often, people get caught in the story and give it power by using words that are coming from the downside of the line. Now it doesn’t mean you can’t say this sucks…at times it does…what you learn is how to shift your self-talk language even in the midst of adversity, which let’s face it, no matter how many techniques you practice, ups and downs in life are not going to disappear. What you will find, is that you approach every situation from the upside of the line, and the downward spiral no longer takes you hostage. After all, adverse experiences are an opportunity to change the way you are doing things that may not be working for you.
Bonus, Self-Talk from the upside of the line is fun and fascinating. It is Personal Development that is not simply motivational, it is real learning that lasts!
Wishing you all a wonderful self-nurture journey filled with love and kindness,