Shifting Your Inner Narrative | with a guided meditation

June 23, 2021

What story is being told in your mind?

What you tell yourself will manifest and become part of your life. Whether busy or calm, the state of your mind - and how you see yourself and the world around you - is all within your power.

The following fusion of lessons derives from meditation techniques, psychologists, and Sanghas of the Vipassana and Tibetan lineages.

You are not your thoughts.

To be aware of your thoughts you must first become an observer of them. Take a mental step back and observe the thoughts as if they were children at a playground. What can you learn from those thoughts? How did social conditioning, parents, moods, and friends shape those thought patterns? The observing mind, behind the chattering, is where self-empowerment lives.

Read more on Practicing Everyday Mindfulness.

Bucket your thoughts.  

Watch the mind by stepping into a place of non-judgment. Instead note, observe, and be aware of what's happening on the movie screen of the mind. For example, thinking most often falls into three buckets:

  • Trance state: automatic, robot state when you're doing something but not thinking about it.
  • Present state: mind and body are in alignment; your mind matches what you're doing.
  • Delusion: seeped in nostalgic and futuristic episodes tucked inside the spectrum of cravings to worrying.

The point of awareness is to study the mind’s patterns.

Challenge your inner narrative with affirmations.

If action follows thought, then promising ideas require reasonable efforts. Allow yourself to shed the narratives you hold inside yourself as they are in the past and no longer serve you. What are you at this moment? How do you want to be now at this moment?

Change requires willpower and mindfulness. More than anything, positive affirmations need an inner dialogue of compassion.  

Start with "I am _______ ". Change your perspective in an instant.


Why meditate?

Meditation is the retraining of the mind to settle down and sit with itself and can revolutionize how you approach Dhamma (or moment to moment living). Don't be judgmental and avoid placing tight guardrails around the mind even as it may wander; rather, notice a pattern and allow it time to return to equanimity, the beat between thoughts. The goal is to expand that quiet space between when a thought ends and another one begins. That sliver of time is the gateway to calmness, happiness, and peace.

Listen to Julie’s Guided Meditation for Awakening the Heart. Namaste.

Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga

By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

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