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Using self talk during meditation
« on: July 02, 2015, 06:54:52 AM »
Should I be using self talk during meditation.  Its just saying stuff like "in out" while breathing and asking my self to observe my body and thoughts etc.

It seems it is the only way I can think quietly. If I try just focusing on the awareness without self talk I just end up day dreaming over and over.

The reason im asking is because I am aware I am not my thoughts and using self talk is basically something I have learnt (language) and I am trying to think without language and pictures but is this actually possible?

Hope I make sense and thanks in advance for your help.


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Re: Using self talk during meditation
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2015, 08:03:55 AM »
It is highly recommended not to use any kind of verbalization, visualization etc while practicing breath meditation. You find it easy to use self-talk just because it is a habit. It takes time for old habits to dissolve. Meditate without using any aids like self-talk etc may be difficult in the beginning but eventually you will succeed with persistent and patient effort.
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Re: Using self talk during meditation
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2015, 10:32:28 AM »
It depends on what technique you are practicing.  With some techniques it's a definate no-no as Vivek has pointed out, other use mental noting and labeling to aid concentration and develop the ability to regard experiences impersonally and objectively.

It's important that you don't let it get habitual to the point where you are unaware of what you are doing, but as long as it supports and helps your awareness develop then that's fine.


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