This week I want you to focus on turning off that overly logical voice in your head through meditation.
Last week you focused on turning off the overly critical voice in your head. So this week we are focusing on the overly logical voice that can creep up on us. The difference between the two is that the overly critical voice is negative and almost always wants to second guess you and tear you down in a negative way. In contrast the overly logical voice in your head means well and is positive, trying to help you find a solution. But they, the overly logical voice, just has too much to say and doesn’t know when to stop, going from scenario to scenario to scenario to infinite scenarios.
The solution to quelling both the overly critical voice and the overly logical voice is teaching yourself to be a good listener through meditation.
Meditation is hard if its not something you practice daily, it’s a muscle that needs to be flexed and cultivated on a regular basis. One of the many benefits of developing a daily meditation practice is that it will give you a chance to practice being in the moment and quieting the overly logical voice in your head. This is very beneficial for relationships of all levels, but also a hard thing to do if you have experienced yourself constantly over analyzing situations or being accused of being too logical and cold or unemotional. Learning to quell the overly logical voice in your head and be in the present moment will strengthen your relationships and self confidence. I had to teach myself to become a good listener for myself.
I have found that the overly logical voice creeps into my head when I am trying to make, what seems like an important decision at the given time. When I am trying to make a decision and get overly analytical, I tend to get wrapped up in myself and stop thinking about anyone else involved. And if those other people do speak up, I find myself offended that they don’t share the same logic that I do. My reaction in those times always hurts my relationship with the other person.
Trying to develop a quieter logical inner voice was not easy. Its still not easy for me. I will forever be on this journey to quiet that voice. What has helped me is using meditation as a safe space to play out those scenarios and also a place to let my overly logical voice run wild, until it has had its fill. I treat it much like I do when I am trying to quieten an overly critical voice. I learned to sit with those cold logical overly analytical thoughts and let them pass. I would imagine myself sitting calm, cross legged in my mind as the overly logical voices rambled on and on. I simply let the voices and thoughts pass while I sat quiet in meditation. I know that sounds like what everyone says, so, imagine it this way:
Imagine yourself in your mind, sitting comfortably and quietly, as if you were listening to a friend needing a sympathetic ear. Let the overly logical voice ramble on and get their thoughts out. Just sit there quietly, giving them your attention but don’t say anything until they have gotten it all out.
Usually when you just listen and let someone get their thoughts or frustrations out, they usually feel better, finally end their ramble, and actually thank YOU for listening. Treat that overly logical voice in your head the same way, remain quiet, listen to them and just let them get it out.
Things to Remember:
Being overly logical and analytical can make you seem cold and uncaring of those you are in relationships with. It can make it harder for them to relate to you and you to them. By being overly logical you are being too rational and suppressing emotions and feeling of connection with others. “It’s my personality” is not an excuse to alienate those you are speaking with.
Some other things that you can try to quell your overly logical voice are to force yourself to live in the moment as much as you can. If you are living in the moment then you are going to be more open to connections and experiences rather than abstract thoughts. You can also try restricting your logical voice to written communication and specific meetings that need your logical and critical analysis. Another thing to try is to create a routine or partake in activities that are not analytical in the slightest and focus more on connections and experiences.
Finally, its all about letting go.
What do you do to turn off that overly logical voice in your head? Have you tried meditation?