No, you're not schizophrenic, nor are you psychotic. Nor am I. We all have a voice in our heads. In some instances it's the voice of a judgemental or critical parent who may be very much alive, or who may have died decades ago. But the voice persists. In other instances it's a negative, worrying voice that may not have a particular origin in a specific person in our childhood, but nevertheless, it's a pervasive voice that keeps us in control with its thoughts of stress, worry or defeat. Other voices speak to us of the impossibility of forgiving the unforgiveable, of the undeniable right we have of continuing to wallow in the pain of our past wounds, or of the clear fact that because we were born into this family, this circumstance, or this country, it is impossible for us to achieve this or that.
So what exactly is this voice? Quite simply, it is our thoughts. What can we do to change this voice? The very first step to take, is to become conscious of our thoughts. And we can easily do that by always paying attention to how we feel. If an individual does not feel good emotionally or psychologically, it is always because of thoughts. Yes, admittedly, something disastrous may have happened, but the thoughts that then follow, are what then determine how you feel. How to change those thoughts is the next part of the process, but first: simply begin to continually pay attention to how you feel. Become aware because as long as you are not aware, you will not be able to change the thoughts that plague you. Practice observing your feelings every day. They will unveil your thoughts to you.
Image: Mural in Cuzco, Peru by Juan Bravo, of the Incas (Quechua people)
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