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Abria Joseph: Removing Negative Self Talk at TEDxYouth@NIST (Transcript)

So I’m sitting here, standing, sharing with all these other people that are also sharing about voices — the voices are not just audible, talked, spoken voices; these are voices within the mind — the mind, maybe the hearts, may be other people, so we have to see it’s not just what we speak but it’s how we speak it, it’s when we speak it and all these things that come in cumulative that really make a difference.

So at this point now as I’ve been sharing and teaching and traveling, I’ve had more opportunity to connect with people. But the biggest thing that I’ve found is the connection with myself. If I’m not connecting with myself in any given place, my mind will be off, my heart will be off in other distant places and there’s a lot of distractions around us all the time as we know.

So I want to share with you one short small session so you get another feel of this instrument. And as you go through this experience this time, I’d like to invite you to close your eyes. Now what senses do we know that we have a sense of sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch? Take away the eyes, give yourself just a moment. You can leave them cracked open if you’re just a little bit weird, that’s fine.

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As you close your eyes here, give yourself a moment to breathe and feel what you feel, with no wonder or interpretation as to what’s going on. If there’s anything within that space within you that you feel drawn to, just notice the thoughts, acknowledge them, right? Like clouds in the sky you cannot hook on a cloud and keep it forever; it has the past.

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One of the most influential teachers in my life is from India. His name is Sai Baba. And the questions — the three questions that I had asked you to ask yourself when those negative emotions and thoughts arise or stories was from this quote: “Is what we speak the truth? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?

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Namaste!

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