Question of the Day – No. 404 What do you do to clarify your thoughts? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrMoreLinkedInRedditPinterestPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeEmailLike this:Like Loading... 72 thoughts on “Question of the Day – No. 404” Add yours 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 😊 LikeLiked by 4 people Reply Yes, exactly! Thoughts are just some hypothesis which can be tested. LikeLike Reply Meditation 🧘♀️ LikeLiked by 4 people Reply How much per day do you meditate? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person Attribute unnecessary significance to some randomised thingy and read the divine wisdom contained within that thingy. Like tarot or shuffle on spotify. LikeLiked by 5 people Reply 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. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply And I laughed over “randomized thingy” 😊 Perfect! Whatever will work at that moment! LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Do you always find the divine wisdom contained within that thingy? LikeLike Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person I do a lot of my thinking in the shower which brings clarity to a lot. Sorry about the hot water! LOL LikeLiked by 9 people Reply Lol. Hot water warning! LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Actually! That’s a peaceful place😁 LikeLiked by 4 people Reply I’m wondering how come the shower brings clarity. I guess all that water relaxes us and that’s why we can see things clearer. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Meditate 🙂 LikeLiked by 3 people Reply That’s great! How often do you do it? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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. 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Sometimes I write them out. Sometimes ask someone close for their opinion. If its critical of something or someone I might wait a day and see how I feel then. LikeLiked by 4 people Reply Love it, especially the part when you wait a day before releasing the “critical” thoughts! That’s where self-control develops. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Analyse – Introspect & Retrospect- Conclude. These are my 3 steps. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Can you do it without emotional implication? That’s one of my biggest challenges. LikeLike Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person 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. 🕊 LikeLiked by 9 people Reply 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚝𝚢𝚙𝚘! 𝙸𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚌, 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑? 🙈 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I do the same with my writing! Rather, I am quite detached from my own writing when I read it. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Awesome approach! Are there things you prefer to write without talking to your husband? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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. 🕊 LikeLiked by 1 person Cleaning up and mucking out my closet. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply So physical activity helps you clear your mind? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Exactly, …and from my experience outward/external orderliness is suitable to create inward/inner order. LikeLiked by 1 person Usually one or more of the following, depending on the context… journal writing; tarot; a long walk; talking it out with a close friend. LikeLiked by 4 people Reply When do you choose which one to do? LikeLike Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person I write them down and stretch them out. I’ve learnt so much through writing. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s awesome! Great approach! When did you start writing in the first place? LikeLike Reply Mainly listen to and/or make music, 🎶 I do occasionally mediate as well but that’s more to clear or calm my thoughts LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Does music help you understand your thoughts better or you feel they are released in the world through it? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person I usually write and make a mind map. That is a good way to get clarity LikeLiked by 2 people Reply That’s nice! How does that mind map look like? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Like a tree with various branches giving us clarity LikeLiked by 1 person Typically just keep thinking/talking/writing. The real center of my thoughts eventually shows itself and I can trim away the rest as junk. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Great process! Does it become harder when emotions are involved? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply If anything it may just take longer if emotions are involved, but harder? No. It’s always a pretty rewarding process. LikeLiked by 1 person 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 .. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Awesome! I guess the thoughts just need a way to manifest themselves. LikeLike Reply Stay still (as much possible) LikeLiked by 1 person Reply How is staying still influencing your thoughts? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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. LikeLiked by 1 person Go to bed LikeLiked by 1 person Reply What if those thoughts don’t want to sleep? LikeLike Reply Lying in bed before I sleep I like to try and work through some thoughts, or even during the day being in bed soothes me enough to work through some of it LikeLiked by 1 person Lists. Lists. Lists. Even for less complex thoughts. I write down nearly everything. I’ve found it’s the absolute best way for me to function. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s great! So writing is the cure for you! 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply How easy it is for you to ignore it? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply not very, it’s easier to get distracted – find a flow activity. When I put my mind to it I can think of loads of those! LikeLiked by 1 person Write, talk, walk, garden. I write paragraphs in my mind in the garden because kneeling on the soil is so grounding. Sorry for the pun-ny truth. -Rebecca LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I hear you and do the same. Nice pun 🙂 LikeLiked by 2 people Reply That’s cool to hear, glad the earth inspires other writers, and thanks! -Rebecca LikeLiked by 2 people Well, where else can you be more grounded if not in the garden? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Exactly! LikeLiked by 1 person I become quiet and start working on a task such as gardening or cleaning or cooking. I just think through the problem or whatever it is I am thinking about. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply It’s interesting to see that chores can help our thought process. Maybe it feels that we’re actually cleaning our thoughts too along with our environment? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes, like sorting our way through things. LikeLiked by 1 person Lay down Lights off Soft music Thought awareness LikeLiked by 1 person Reply So you address the thoughts instead of running away from them… LikeLike Reply Pingback: Cleaning the house helps cleaning the mind? – Pointless Overthinking 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). LikeLiked by 1 person Reply This is interesting! In your opinion, why the things already clear gets muddied? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 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… LikeLiked by 1 person Yes, and it makes sense. Thank you for sharing! 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