The Inner Commentator

Watching golf on TV is not my all-time-favorite thing to do, but have you ever watched it? There’s the action itself, on the course, and then there’s the voice of some commentator in a studio somewhere. This person is framing what they see, remembering past triumphs or failures, predicting various results in the future. The voice chatters away, having no effect on the action itself.

(in a hushed voice) "...he lines up the putt"

This is an interesting metaphor. Have you noticed anything like this, in relating to your own mind?  Do hear an inner commentator reshaping what you see taking place, or even more subtle, is your inner commentator reshaping what you see without your even hearing that voice?

Commentators interpret. For just a moment, make note of an interpretation.  Use any moment you like from today or yesterday — a moment when you applied a certain coloration to someone’s words or some office news you heard.

Now, rather than take that interpretation as gospel truth, ask yourself, is it the only possible statement?  Does that interpretation result in certain attitudes or opinions? Does it draw your attention toward some people or events and away from others?  Does it act like the camera on the golf course, directing your attention to the green when it could just as easily have focused on the golfer’s expression?

Bring awareness to the inner commentator.  That’s today’s invitation.



6 thoughts on “The Inner Commentator

  1. Wise words! Did you know that by focusing your attention on the center top of your head (the pineal gland) that you can mute this chatter. Helpful when you are meditating or just needing to silence the nonsense. There is a certain irony in the idea of microwave meditations. I once found myself rushing to a yoga class that I had started to help me relax. LOL hugs, pat

  2. The relationship of the toastmaster to speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.~Adlai E. Stevenson obtained from Attention quotes

  3. its helpful just to recognize the existence of the inner commentator, and begin to downplay the significance of the dialogue.

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