The thing about head trips, like everything else in life, is that they’re neither all good nor all bad. When I know something could be better or more authentically me, but don’t know how, my mind grips onto it and won’t let go.
It’s easy to resist this struggle and judge ourselves for feeling chaotic. In truth, struggle is required for growth. Repressing mind trips or breakdowns leads to resistance, making the process way more painful than it needs to be.
Radical self-love and acceptance call us to love ourselves no matter how we feel. We must trust that if we ride the wave, we will eventually return to our natural state of peace.
Here are a few tools to help you navigate head trips and emerge wiser, stronger, and more authentically you.
1. Slow your thoughts down and identify just one.
When our thoughts race, it’s hard to pull just one out of the web and understand the type of head trip we’re dealing with. It’s important to encapsulate the nature of the trip in hopefully one sentence. This helps us better analyze it and separate the thoughts we’re thinking from any emotions we may be feeling.
For rapid, transformational shifts, separate thought from feeling and address each separately. Pulling one thought from the web creates space for understanding.
2. Feel the feeling underneath the thought.
Fear underlies a lot of head trips. Fear of not being good enough, of doubt over the future. Anger over a person or situation may be the cause, or possibly jealousy and comparison. Feel the underlying emotion in awareness and allow that feeling to materialize into thought by sitting with it.
Sitting with our emotions without expectation allows insights from them to rise. When this happens the emotion we feel literally manifests into thought form. Creating a judgement free zone of quiet encourages this process.
3. Detach yourself from your thoughts
Head trips lose a lot of their power when we let our minds work things out on their own, kind of like when your on-screen mouse starts to spin and spin. Your brain is a computer that processes a lot of information and sometimes it gets overloaded. It’s not your fault, just something that occasionally happens.
Allow your mind to work overtime, but sink your awareness below the churning thoughts and connect with your heart.
Writing your thoughts down is an amazing way to better understand them. So often, when I have ridiculous thoughts, they seem true in my mind until I get them on paper and their true absurdity comes to light. Journaling also helps us move through head trips linearly, as opposed to getting stuck in damaging circular thinking.
It also creates space for insights from our higher self.
5. Ask for guidance
Ask the universe and your higher self. Please show me a better way.
6. Reframe thoughts
I don’t believe in positive affirmations like, “I am amazing!!” To me, they feel hollow. If you like them great, but just wanted to put that out there for those who feel similarly.
However, if you have thought like, “This sucks” or I suck,” you might change that to:
- I know it’s not perfect, but nothing is all good or all bad and neither is this.
- I’m grateful for my gifts; I value my contributions.
- Messing up means I’m going out of my comfort zone, and I’m proud of myself for doing that.
- Awareness of an opportunity for growth means I’m growing, and I’m proud of myself for becoming more aware.
How do you navigate head trips? Can you share an instance where you experienced a breakthrough after a breakdown?
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