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How to Deal With The Noise Inside Your Head

A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Noise.

It’s everywhere.

Whether you’re sitting down to study, trying to focus at your workplace or even trying to nap on a Sunday afternoon, various types of noise always seem to happen around you.

Of course, even when all these noises are absent, that voice in your head which most often brings up your insecurities, fears and worries is the biggest nuisance which distracts you from your intended task.

So how is one supposed to deal with the noise?

The way to get over external noise is easy and obvious. You re-locate your position, shut the window or put on your headphones to shut off the noise.

But what do you do about the noise that’s in your head? That internal voice which chatters away and constantly distracts you.

Here are a few things to watch out when your internal noise is impeding you from progress.

Is Your Heart In It?

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The human brain is designed in such a way that if you truly want to focus on something, the noises – both external and internal are shut out automatically. So one thing to always keep in mind is to ask yourself whether the task in front of you truly engages you or are you doing it because you were forced to do it?

If it’s the latter and you don’t have a choice to let it go, it’s wiser to take a small break and re-attempt again at a later time.

However, if you are truly passionate about the task and your internal noise is distracting you, it’s time to look at the noise itself!

What is the Noise All About?

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Eckhart Tolle in his book ‘The Power of Now’ talks about watching the thinker. He says that the mind is a tool to be used and kept aside after use. However most of us are so addicted to thinking that useless thoughts crowd our head all the time depriving us of life’s vital energy.

The trick to stop these thoughts from consuming us is to silently watch them as they come. Always remember that the thoughts come to you and you are the witness. As you learn to watch the thoughts come and go without getting disturbed, you will gradually gain awareness and control of your true being.

Look at the thoughts carefully without any judgement. Your internal noise is usually a continuous train of thoughts which rob you of your focus. If your noise is arising from your fears or worries, look at it with all the calm and steadiness you can muster and see if any of these fears make any sense in reality.

Most of the time, our mind exaggerates our fears and conjures up worst-case scenarios which have no basis in reality. Once you decide to look at the noise itself, it usually loses any power it may have and you get instant access to a clarity which lets you become focused and steady.

Practice. More Practice

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It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to become more productive, more successful or just happy, the absence of noise will make sure you become a better version of you. However, most people just assume noise to be a way of life and give up trying to overcome it after a few failed attempts.

The rare ones who have mastered themselves know that the key to reducing noise is repeated practice and determination.

The first few times you try to avoid the noise, it comes back strongly. Think of it as a battle of wills between you and your evil self. Your evil self wants you to become distracted and spend your life complaining and making excuses. Your higher self however has the strength to take you to greater heights but needs you to constantly replenish it with positive belief and a faith in yourself.

So will you let your evil self win over you with its noise or will you rise beyond the humdrum of daily existence and aim for greatness?

The choice as always, lies with you.

Cheers!

Published in Life-Hacks Psychology

10 Comments

  1. ajaybpaiaj ajaybpaiaj

    Hi Niks! A powerful post which evokes the thought process, whether to let the evil win over the Good!

    Naah! I wouldn’t want to allow the evil win. Meditation and Yoga helps to concentrate and would guide you to understand whether the noise within you is for the evil or for the good.

  2. Harleena Singh (@harleenas) Harleena Singh (@harleenas)

    Hi Niks,

    Welcome back, and many congratulations (you know for what!) 🙂

    Coming to the post, as always, a wonderful one. Yes, there is a lot of noise around us, but we need to find ways to not let it affect our inner-self, as that’s what really matters.

    You talked of letting the thoughts come, and as they come, so will they go, and we shouldn’t try to stop them. This is exactly what’s practiced in TM (Transcendental Meditation) too, if you know about it. So, over time, you get so used to the noise around you that it doesn’t bother you – the advanced stage in TM is what they call ‘Siddhi’.

    My mom was another one who used to believe a lot in it, so much so, she could even sleep peacefully, even if there were drums beating outside! I guess it’s all the game of mind control, and if you can master that, any kind of noise wouldn’t really affect you.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for the wishes 🙂

      Yup, I am aware of the TM practice which has roots in the ancient form of meditation. Your mom must have been quite a master!! You’re right, it’s all about being aware of your true self and not letting the noise affect you 🙂

      Have a great week ahead!

  3. Vernon Vernon

    Hi Nik!

    What an awesome post. You shared some great points. I too read the “Power of Now” and I refer to it often because it has helped me with the internal noise in my head.

    I believe it’s one of the biggest obstacle we have to face because it’s always with us. Because of this, we need to stand firm in our commitment to maintain it by watching it and not believing everything it tells us.

    We win that internal battle when we surrender.

    Thanks for the remember.

    • Hey Vernon!

      Hope you’re doing swell! Yup Power of Now is an amazing book which I too refer often because of the wisdom it imparts and makes one calm and tranquil! You’re right about surrender 🙂 It’s the key to humility and winning over your internal battles!

      Have a great week ahead!

  4. Ikechi Awazie Ikechi Awazie

    Hi Nik

    I reminded of the very days at my early age, when I had nothing to focus on. My mind was very much distracted and I could think of silly thoughts but when I began to have a goal or plan, my thoughts became directed.

    I agree that there is noise in our heads. If we could measure them, we would discover that thoughts are so powerful. I also have experienced where I was so focused and passionate of the goal that I was not aware of my environment. I was zoned out.

    Thanks Nik for showing us practical tips to control the noises in our head. Have a wonderful week.

    • Hi Ikechi!

      Yes, thoughts carry tremendous power as you rightly said! It’s upto us to let the right ones become stronger and the weak ones dissipate…That I believe is the key to true freedom 🙂

      Enjoy your week ahead!
      Cheers!

  5. Yatin Khulbe Yatin Khulbe

    Hi Nikshep
    You have come again with a deep post.
    I think everybody will connect with your post. Each of us has to tackle this situation. I completely agree that our continuous train of thoughts robs our focus.
    We really need to identify the origin of all disturbing elements in our life. Silence is the key to all confusing doors. Meditation really helps in achieving our mental stability. It’s all about mind games.
    Thanks for sharing, buddy.

    • Hey Yatin!

      Thanks for those kind words 🙂 really appreciate them! Yes silence does hold the answers!

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