Rinse and Repeat – Harnessing Your Repetitive Thoughts


Your mind is nothing less than a computer, constantly solving equations, some conscious, some subconscious, some even when you’re unconscious. Just like the 1’s and 0s in binary, our minds have systems
of their own.

If you leave a computer idle, it is not doing anything good, is it?

But our brains, if not controlled, can fall into habits we may try to avoid. Then we ask why our thoughts spiral down to repetitive patterns, fatiguing our creativity until we choose to break out of it.

But first, before anything, let’s understand how minds, computers in our heads, operate.

The Matters of The Mind

Let’s dig into what the word “mind” is.

The mind is a sensory extension of intelligence.

The average person constructs thousands of thoughts per day. The frequency of a particular thought depends on how it affects you as an individual. Because the mind is programmed to ensure survival, we are likely to think of the thoughts that, in some way, trigger our fight or flight mechanisms. This, then, births our patterns of repetitions. Perhaps there is a relationship problem, an insecurity you are dealing with, or a major professional setback.

These are issues that can hinder your mental peace if left unchecked. Like an unmanned ship, you are bound to collide with the proverbial iceberg, which can lead to much damage. But is there a way out of the seemingly infinite loop we catch ourselves in?

Grounding Of the Mind

To make the mind sound even more computer-like, let’s talk about frequencies.

When we think, our brain generates frequencies. The higher the frequencies, the more the mind is anxious. You may lose the mind among the various ranges, but the sweet spot is the Theta frequency. The challenge is how to ground your mind to this frequency. Here’s how:

  • Meditation: Meditation is one of the key ways to bring the mind back to reality, breaking free from cycling thoughts. Spend five to ten minutes and indulge in the practice. Consistency is vital, and developing a habit may take time; investing yourself in meditation will reprogram your mind to the now.
  • Think 3rd person: It’s all about perspective. We must perceive our minds as more than an organ. They are our identities. Approach your intrusive, repetitive thoughts not with hostility but with acceptance. There is no need to be anxious, for the ideas are not you but merely passing clouds.

Gohar Yasin Chaudhary’s book, Program Your Mind, expands further on bringing your mind from a floating autopilot back home to the ground. It emphasizes the concept of the Gratitude Grid, an exercise that increases focus and helps us acknowledge the positives in our lives, invoking calm thinking and promoting newer ideas.

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