It is April ya’ll! You know what time it is. Its time for spring cleaning… We’re not talking about your house though. We are talking about your mind using a stream of consciousness.
We are a month into our Safer-At-Home Order. I know for myself, my brain is going crazy. Crazier than usual. My mind keeps racing and not just before I go to bed. It’s racing ALL.THE.DAMN.TIME.
Do you feel the same way?
You do? Let me share with you how I started using the stream of consciousness or brain dump as I like to call it to clear my mind and get focused.
What is stream of consciousness?
Many of you may not realize that you kind of already do a stream of consciousness internally. Britannica defines stream of consciousness as a narrative technique in nondramatic fiction intended to render the flow of myriad impressions—visual, auditory, physical, associative, and subliminal—that impinge on the consciousness of an individual and form part of his awareness along with the trend of his rational thoughts.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t get that.
How I dumbed it down for myself to understand was “you write what you are thinking”. It is your inner monologue in written form. It’s like one of those word association games where I say “Red” and you say the first thing that pops in your mind. Except I am not there to say anything, you are alone with whatever is popping in your head and you write it down as you think it.
Would it help me?
It all depends on what you think. Do you think it would help you organize your thoughts and work through somethings you may be harboring internally? I like to think of it as a positive even if I write down some bad things. This is the time to be 100% honest with yourself and just let your mind wander.
Writing down your stream has no consequences. This is a grammar and spelling mistakes free area. No one is supposed to read your stream of consciousness writings. This is for you and for you only.
How do you write a good stream of consciousness?
It may take a little be to get used to. Even if you just start about writing your to-do list. It’s a start. It’s getting those things out of your head and on to paper so you don’t have to remember them anymore. Things like that are just taking up room in your brain that is unnecessary. There is an art of getting shit done.
I mention this in every post because you guys know how much I love lists, but this is the one time I found it harder to write in a notebook because my hand couldn’t keep up with my thoughts. For a stream of consciousness, I found it easier to work on a computer and just write in a word doc.
Let me be clear a stream of consciousness does not have to be good. It has to be real and it’s okay if your first few tries you literally write “I don’t know what to write. My mind is blank.” Your brain is used to just thinking it automatically, but when you go to actually write it out you may freeze up. It is no biggy.
Who uses stream of consciousness?
Anybody could use stream-of-consciousness. I find when I do a stream of consciousness I end up finding some ideas for blog posts in my writings. I think it could help people who have anxiety. They can write what is going through their mind and if it is something major they write down. Ask yourself why? To dig a litter deeper. If you can’t answer the why now, come back to it later when your mind is clearer and you can dive deeper.
Not everyday especially in the beginning is there going to be groundbreaking discoveries about who you are and why you do what you do. As I said previously it’s okay if your brain freezes and only thinks “ching chongs ping pongs potatoes”.
What is an example?
I am not going to give you examples from my personal stream of consciousness word doc, but I am going to do one right now while writing this blog to see where it takes me. If you would like to see how a verbal stream of consciousness goes check out the video on my Youtube channel.
If you watch the Youtube video I was correcting spelling errors in the video, but not all. It is just a habit of mine because of blogging I like to fix my mistakes right then and there. I AM A PERFECTIONIST! What errors I do see right now I am not going to fix even though IT IS BUGGING ME! I did not fix them.
wash the cat dishes
think about changing the cats food, their shits stink
get more cat treats
or make homemade cat treats
you know what happened last time you did that…
they hated them. Maybe they hated the flour.
I need to finish cleaning the house. I dont feel like it. Why?
Why? Because im tired. Because I am tired of sweeping a mopping everyday.
Mike needs to clean up the backyard.
I need to check on our plants
I should turn the light on in the laundry room for the plants
What is making me unmotivated?
I AM TIRED OF BEING IN THE HOUSE.
I WANT TO GO TO A THRIFT STORE
GOODWILL SALVATION ARMY
ANY RINKY DINK ONES WILL DO.
I WANT TO DO SOMETHING FUN!
CLEANING IS NOT FUN. ORGANIZING IS NOT FUN!!!!!
WHY CANT I HAVE A MAID?
IM BORED IN THE HOUSE AND IM IN THE HOUSE BORED.
SOMEBODY COME GET ERR SHE DANCING LIKE A STRIPPER
CAROLE BASKIN KILLED HER HUSBAND WHACKED HIM.
OH GOD TIKTOK.
I DOWNLOADED IT AS A JOKE AND I ACTUALLY LOVE IT!!
I CANT THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO WRITE.
MY BRAIN IS EMPTY.
Hope this helped
I hope this helped you guys in finding ways to declutter your mind. I know my mind feels a little bit better. Not particularly excited I wrote about TikTok. A stream of consciousness does not have to make sense. Remember It doesn’t have to be perfect it is just there to get all of the thoughts out of your head. It could just be a to-do list, lyrics to a song. It can be whatever you want. Spring clean your mind and get rid of the semi-useless crap in your head to focus on the more important things.
Until next time, have a good day!