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  • The secret of mental chatter

    Mental Chatter. What do these two words mean to you?

    Well, let me set the stage by sharing how participants of our workshops usually feel about mental chatter:

    Distraction. Thinking about the past. Obsessive planning. Thinking about work when we are on a vacation or about the weekend when we are at work. When we lie in bed thinking about things we were going to do the next day, next week, or sometimes even next year. And of course the much relatable irressistable urge to check WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter notifications.

    What if I told you that there was a trick that could liberate us from this distracting mental chatter? Will you be interested to know more about it? You nod? So let's dive a bit deeper and first understand what this chatter really is.

    Mental chatter, obviously, is a kind of thought. But what is a thought after all?

    A mysterious flash of image, sound, and emotions in an unseen and transient inner world. Materializing suddenly, unpredictably,  then fading away and disappearing as mysteriously as it had appeared.

    So here is the part that you will find interesting – I had believed for a long time, like most of us still do,  that all ‘thoughts’ had the same structure.

    Then I experimented with these thoughts and was lucky enough to be guided by masters from great mindfulness traditions. I was also guided further by a different set of masters at MIT where I specialized in systems thinking - an approach that uses the 'big picture' view to solve complex real-world problems.

    So when I finally saw the big picture about thoughts, I found out that there were at least two distinct types of thoughts. Mental chatter was one of these two.

    Based on these experiments I discovered that my attention had a distinct and different way of engaging with each of these two types of thoughts. And these different modes of engagement led to two distinct modes of thinking. I call these modes ‘good thinking’ and ‘bad thinking’.

    I found out  that we can all train our mind to perform less of inefficient and distracted ‘Bad Thinking’ and more of focused, aligned and productive ‘Good thinking’.

    I also found out that these two modes of thinking were aligned to the latest findings in neuroscience. The Default mode Network or DMN was correlated with mental chatter and Task Positive Network (TPN) with focused attention.

    This skill of balanced thinking that I refer to, as mindful thinking is a skill that can transform our lives in a very positive way. With mindful thinking, we would make fewer mistakes. Our attention would not get easily distracted. We would do things that we want to do in a much better way.  We would become more creative.

    And here is the best part - we all can evolve the way we think at this very moment if we truly understand a simple trick that has been taught by masters across the ages.

    And the trick is to have your attention not engage with chatter.  If you can do this, you are all set!

    So where do we start? 

    Start with experientially understanding what your attention really is, then explore the nature of thoughts and finally understand the interplay between your thoughts and your attention. 

    This secret about mental chatter forms the core of all mindfulness related teachings across ages. And when you are ready for the next level of exploration, be assured that you will have a guide to help you.

    Join us in this participative workshop where we explore the secret of chatter together.

    The workshop is conducted by Prithvi Raj Banerjee, author of the book Unbox! and co-founder of MindGym Initiative, a nonprofit focused on creating awareness about mindful thinking among the younger generation. 

    Venue: 

    Chelmsford Public Library 

    25 Boston Rd, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM - 5 PM

     

  • A warm, participative, informal workshop was conducted by Prithviraj Banerjee and Kevin Martin attended by an audience ranging from teens to seniors. Some pics are below.

  • On Nov18th, 2017 MindGym Initiative collaborated with MatScience21, Westford - An enrichment center for kids, to conduct a Workshop on mindfulness awareness. A bunch of young one's from MatScience21, ranging from 12-16 years, attended the Workshop.
    We made it interesting for the kids by using metaphors, cartoons, and even exciting puppet demonstration to make the mental chatter and attention concept, easily understandable for the children

    Some pics from the event are below.

  • On January 28th, 2018 we conducted a workshop that included a mix of contemporary exercises to explore the nature of our attention and our mental chatter. It also included traditional breathing and mediation as we explore the effectiveness of these time tested techniques.

    Here some pictures from the workshop conducted at the Quail Ridge Country Club in Acton, MA. 

  • On Mar 3, 2018, MindGym Initiative collaborated with MatScience21, Westford - An enrichment center for kids, to conduct a Workshop on mindfulness awareness. A bunch of young one's from MatScience21, ranging from 12-16 years, and their parents attended the Workshop.<br />We made it interesting for the kids by using metaphors, cartoons, and even exciting puppet demonstration to make the mental chatter and attention concept, easily understandable for the children. The best part was demonstrating the Mindgames using an Android Application. The audience were mesmerized by the "i can see inside your head" application
    Some pics from the event are below.

  • The first of a series of Healthy Body - Healthy Mind workshops was conducted at the Winchester Public Library on 31st March 2018 in partnership with Wholistic Health Alliance.