We all have known someone who interrupts. It doesn’t seem to matter to them that someone else is talking. It’s as if they’re saying “What I have to say is far more important than anything you could possibly be saying. It’s the worst; disrespectful and maddening.
When I started meditating consistently a few months ago, it occurred to me that my brain is like that person. Always interrupting my meditation with something so important it just can’t wait! Planning the rest of my day, reliving yesterday, wondering if I remembered to start the dishwasher… So, as kindly but firmly as I could, I said “It is not your turn to talk”. My little sister said something like this once to our great grandmother and it stunned her into silence, so I figured it could work. Maybe it worked because I believed it could, but it did work.
There’s lots of time to consider all the mysteries and dilemmas of life. For fifteen, twenty or thirty minutes, shut down that voice in your head who feels she/he needs to chatter all the freaking time.
At first, they have to be reminded often that it’s not their turn to talk. The more you practice though, the fewer times you have to say “Shhhh, don’t be rude.”
Psst… May is National Meditation month. I know you’re tired of hearing it, but meditation is a game changer.