How to Break your Train of Thought
Many gurus say that we are always in a hypnotic state, even when conscious. Our train of thought is very limited because it is obsessively filtered and focused by our beliefs. We all have on hypnotic blinders which can make us miss the obvious. For example, you have probably observed others making mistakes due to their inability to mentally see what is obvious to everyone else around them.
If you could learn to break this fixated hypnotic state then your unconscious mind would be freed to look around for new options and to reevaluate old ones. Wouldn’t that be a worthwhile skill?
How can you quickly and easily break your current train of thoughts thus freeing your unconscious to find better options?
For only 3 minutes
allow yourself to relax your body and to relax your mind and to
think about something you enjoy.
You own your mind, it doesn’t own you. Therefore no matter how stressed by immediate problems you still can allow your mind to take a very quick break — to physically & mentally relax and to just drift away from your problems for only 2-3 minutes. Make each exercise session a short game and don’t try too hard. Just keep practicing frequently until you develop the relaxing and enjoyable ability to consciously break your fixated mental focus.
Try it now. See if this mental exercise doesn’t help you relax and, as you improve, see if it also eventually helps your unconscious find and feed better answers to your conscious mind.
* FYI while playing around with this little exercise I’ve noticed that
(1) Work/problem related thoughts/chatterings do sometimes interfere with the exercise. It will take me some practice to quickly remove the blinders.
(2) Things “I like to think about” from my past often have much more visual content than does my usual thinking. Practicing tuning in to this visual component will probably help me.
* We all have differing gifts — aptitude and backgrounds — so we can expect our results from any mind exercise to differ as well. E.g., I have done a fair amount of meditation, off and on, over the years. Another difference is that clearly visualizing a picture in my head is often not easy (I tend to just have a fuzzy feeling about things which, strangely enough, can still be more accurate when tested than someone else’s “clear” visualization).