By Remez Sasson
I receive a lot of mail each day from website visitors. Some of them send me a mail, thanking me for the information at the website, and some asking questions concerning self-improvement, personal problems, meditation, motivation, creative visualization, and other related subjects.
I try to read all the messages, and if I can help, send a reply, or refer the person who asked the question to one of my articles.
If you have a question, read through the website, before emailing me, since the answer is most probably already there.
There are website visitors, who send very long emails, but since I have other things to do, such emails are either not read, or read only some time later. Short mails are always preferred, and they receive a faster response.
Many of the questions I receive concern concentration, focus and the inner chatter that goes on in the mind.
People are worried about their concentration and want to improve it. They tell me that they are unable to concentrate at work or when they study. They tell me that their mind wanders, and they find it difficult to fix it on one thing.
It is quite possible that you too, are bothered by such questions, and this is one of the reasons you are reading this post.
The inability to focus the mind worries a lot of people, also when they speak about goals. They find it difficult to focus on a goal and persevere in their efforts.
A recurring question, which is focus-related, is about the inner chatter, this constant inner conversation people have in their heads. This endless chatter occupies the mind every minute of the day, not allowing inner peace, nor focus.
The inner chatter consists of the inner conversation that you hold with yourself, discussing, commenting, comparing, analyzing, and repeating words and thoughts. It also consists of your thoughts about what other people say or do, about your problems, about what you want to do, and about what you think you can’t do.
Yesterday, I received the following email:
“I am not able to control my inner chatting, which is diverting my concentration. Would you please send me some guidance?”
This is a question I am asked quite often. I have written a few articles about this subject, as well as a book covering it in detail, with guidance, instructions and exercises.
The following is an extract from one of my articles:
“The natural tendency of the mind is to be restless. The act of thinking is a continuous and ongoing activity.”
“The restless mind jumps from thought to another, allowing thoughts to come and go incessantly, from morning till night, giving us no rest for a moment. Most of these thoughts are not exactly invited; they just come, occupy our attention for a while, and then disappear, making place for others.”
“Thoughts are the like clouds drifting through the sky. Like the clouds, they are not permanent. Due to their incessant movement, they distract or attention and disturb our focus.”
“Thoughts also resemble the waves of the ocean, which are always in a state of motion, never standing still. The mind always thinks and analyzes whatever it contacts. It likes to compare, to reason, and to ask questions, and to constantly indulge in such activities.”
If you want to know more about the inner chatter, this inner conversation of the mind, how it distracts and disturbs concentration and what to do about it, I suggest you read the following articles:
These are only a few of the articles that cover this subject.
From experience, I know that the mind and its inner chatter can be controlled. The mind can be taught to be peaceful and obedient, focused and strong, positive and happy, but you have to make this happen. Are you willing and ready to do that?
Share your thoughts, questions or experience in the comments below.