As I prepared myself for the day, it occurred to me that I was listening to myself talking/thinking inside my head, and that the speed of thought was quite fast. I got curious about that, and remembered a lesson I had taught recently, in which we had worked on slowing down the speaking voice while reading out loud. The lesson was very effective, as well as enjoyable. I wondered: what would happen if I could slow down my thinking voice?
Try it yourself:
- Decide to pay attention to the verbalized thinking that goes on in your head for a period of time today (you could be doing something else at the same time or not).
- Can you slow down the speed of the words as you think? How slow can you get?
- What happens to your state of mind? Your movements? What does it feel like?
- What happens if you speed up your thinking?
Much of our verbal thinking is an unnecessary expenditure of energy. I had often thought about how I can positively affect the content of my thoughts, but noticing the speed and realizing that I can affect and change that in a positive way has been very interesting to me.