Question of the Day – No. 404

What do you do to clarify your thoughts?


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  1. THE WORK by Byron Katie. Making me realise I believe bullshit and my thoughts are just to be observed and not latched on to like the Gospel truth.
    Kind of liberating knowing that just ‘cause I’ve generated a thought, doesn’t mean it HAS to mean something 😊

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      1. I try to keep in the habit of 10 minutes a day. This is an easily sustainable goal for me. Sometimes it’s longer but when I set my goal at a level that is easy to meet I get it done! If I try to set a goal that is going to be a struggle I just avoid it.

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    1. I really like this because there have been many times I’ve had to just distract my mind to get away from something stressful. Music and audio books really helped just keep me somewhere else until the storm passed. Coming back to an issue later, can be helpful for coming back to it with greater clarity.

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      1. I wouldn’t say it’s divine. It is quite rational and logical, to be able to see something from the outside you are able to get a larger scope (or perspective) of things. A bit of distance helps to clear mental fog.
        Although epiphanies, sudden realisations and understandings – that, to me, certainly feels divine.

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      1. Daily. I used to be one of those people who thought that meditation didn’t work until I started doing it. It’s been a pretty helpful thing – not only while doing the ‘meditation’, but I noticed that throughout the day I am much more relaxed and my mind focuses on stuff a lot easier.

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      1. No, it’s hard I agree. This is because I realised I’m somewhere giving too much importance to judgements of people around me. While analysing my thoughts I was viewing them as what other people would think about this decision rather than thinking about what consequences it would bring to me.
        That’s when the introspection and retrospection came into scene. Now I only worry about what changes my thoughts will bring to me, nothing else.
        That’s somewhere makes it a little easy. Helps me to clarify my thoughts a little better because now I’m fighting against me not the other world.

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  2. 𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚢 𝚑𝚞𝚜𝚋𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝚂𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚏𝚊𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝, 𝚋𝚕𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚛 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚙𝚜. 𝙸 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚐𝚎. 𝙸 𝚎𝚗𝚓𝚘𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚐𝚘, 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚕 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚞𝚗𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗.

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      1. 𝙽𝚘𝚝 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚢. 𝙷𝚎’𝚜 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚖𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚡𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚎. 𝚆𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚙𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚍𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚊 𝚜𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝚗𝚞𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎.

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      1. I’d say it happens intuitively — a feeling or spark that pulls me in one direction or another. A majority of the time, however, when my headspace gets overwhelmingly clouded/crowded, I just go straight to the journal page. After engaging in that practice for so many years, I know with complete trust + faith that it’ll always help somehow.

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      1. Both of these and more, when I listen to music it helps me to collect my own thoughts and also to relate occasionally to particular songs as well for reflection. When I make my own music I’d saw that’s when it’s more about release.

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  3. Pick a corner and start de-cluttering . I will let my mind wander freely during the process and amazingly it normally clarifies my mind as I clear the space ..

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      1. It gives me an opportunity to carefully observe my thought. Memory, feeling, body responses, etc. WHAT ARE THE INPUTS AND WHAT ARE THE OUTPUTS? Lets me look at my beliefs, desires, identities, conditions, biases, etc. Basically a ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS! Being able to understand the BIGGER PICTURE is very important for me. It may not help solve anything in the short term but subtly nudges my sensitivity, seeps into my subconscious and influences my consciousness as I know it.

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  4. talk it through with someone, write it down / blog. I like the mind map idea. Sometimes I’ll read tarot. Sometimes the best thing to do is to ignore it – overthinking just muddies things again

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  5. Great question. I write and converse with a trusted interlocutor. Often externalizing what is muddied cleans things up (and, ironically, what I think is already clear usually gets muddied).

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      1. I am quite confident I know the answer to this one: in my case, running through arguments in my head to arrive at what I think is a concrete conclusion often involves hidden biases and automatic assumptions that become revealed when the argument is externalized.
        Here is a very real example: when I prepare a talk for a conference on my field of scientific research, I spend days going over the talk in my head. And I am certain, at this stage, that the talk makes sense. But when I do a dry run through the talk, it becomes glaringly obvious that what I thought made sense, or was clear, was in fact not.
        The same thing happens when I am certain of some outcome in some interaction that is important to me (say a tough discussion with the wife or the boss). I am certain of my position…in my head. But when it is vocalized, that position becomes much less certain.
        I hope these ideas are clear…

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