Catch Yourself When Your Mind is Spiraling

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When you’re not aware of spiraling emotionally into a state of despair, it could be difficult to snap out of it.

Especially  if you’re not aware of something you already do unconsciously  that can be a tool to help yourself, a skill you can .

I know.

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There have been many times in my life when I have been very depressed.

Yes. There are indeed mental disorders that can cause/contribute to deep depression. Yet even then, what I’m about to discuss can even help these cases. Perhaps not 100%, but can lighten a mindset.

I was standing, looking out the dinning room window. It was a cold winter day. My hands wrapped around a nice, toasty warm cup of coffee when the thoughts began to roll in. I was not conscious of their affect on me. They just rolled in one after another and took me on an incredible, emotionally painful journey. It wasn’t until I tasted the salty tears running down past my lips that I “woke-up” and realized – holy crap! Thoughts made me cry over something that NEVER happened in reality?

The mind is powerful. Thoughts are powerful. They can take you to places emotionally and not be aware of what’s happening because they feel so real, but are not grounded in reality.

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What I have learned and now depend on is my own “Stop light” that keeps me in the here and now and break the moments I start to have anxiety caused by crazy, unreal, thoughts.

Now there’s lots of information on meditation and how valuable a practice it is – the benefits are impressive. This is the “Red Light” a gift, that keep thoughts in check. There are many kinds and ways to meditate. But how I teach it is called “unraveling”.

Unraveling is simple and not so simple.

It requires your willingness to experience it. It’s not something you read about and think you can do on your own because it won’t happen. It’s a mental practice you have to DO to experience the challenges that come from doing it.

The challenges TEACH you to unravel and once you master them,  you’ll be in control of your thoughts.

What are the challenges?

  • Boredom
  • impatience
  • Rebellion
  • Overthinking

It’s in the mental and physical state of calm, stillness, and quiet that profound insights can occur. Why? Because the mind is not on “auto-pilot”. Stillness allows the mind to quiet. Using one thing we use daily as a necessary function of life is the one thing that can stop the spiraling unrealistic and unproductive “thought train”.

Can you guess what  it is?



To unravel, it can be done anywhere and – you do NOT have to assume the “meditative posture” that is often visually suggested. Comfort is vital. Yet the most important of being ready to unravel is intention.

It’s good to set the intention to unravel so you can experience it with full awareness.

Think about what you have read here … is this something that resonates with you? How do you mange your thoughts?

Let me know in a comment below because I may be offering an online course. Would that interest you?

Lesly Federici






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9 thoughts on “Catch Yourself When Your Mind is Spiraling

  1. I have been sufferer of Depression from past three years. From past two years i have been on medicine, and from past one year i think the medicines have helped me in my cause. I remember being crept with negative thoughts and my vivid imagination taking plunge into infinite thoughts that had nothing to do with me. I agree Meditation also helps a lot, Even i practice it. The moment you are in the zone of meditation you get to know the universe better.

  2. Hi Edward..
    More information is coming…. working on developing a workshop here on my website… it’s a powerful thing to explore thoughts.. it can be heart wrenching. But I firmly believe it’s always better on the other side after some insights have been exposed… it’s a great source of creativity to just be calm and open to a new way of being ….. appreciate your interest 🙂

  3. Hi Lesly,

    2017 is my year to ‘see my thoughts’ – learn their origin and gauge their merit, and stop thinking myself as a puppet of my past. Your post fits that goal nicely. I’d also like updates…

    In passing, I’m kinda familiar with unraveling but until you mentioned it as a process to calm our thoughts, I’d not considered what is ‘raveling? Interesting enough, it turns out that unraveling and ravel are pretty much the same. Who’d thunk it? 😉 Thanks,

  4. Hi Lesly,
    Unravelling sounds fascinating – interested to hear I’m not the only one who has cried over things that haven’t actually happened!
    Yes, I “overthink” things, and so does my sister. Think we got it from our Mum 🙂
    Joy – Blogging After Dark

  5. Hi Sue,
    So many answers to problems in one’s life comes from within, if you’re willing to look. Indeed, we all have ups and down – I believe that’s just part of life. You’re meant to have struggles. Learning how to deal with them effectively makes a difference. Emotional suffering can be alienated somewhat depending of the person, the methods used to help, and inner strength to face personal problems. Much love to you ..

  6. Hi Chery..
    Hugs to you .. I know you’ve been through a lot this year.. 🙁 So “Unraveling” is my way of teaching meditation. But I make it easier and less intimidating by calling it a way to unravel in one’s life. It’s easy and not so easy as I write in my post but so helpful. I’m putting together a workshop … keep a look out ….

  7. Good Morning Lesly! I have started helping a friend every other morning in his green house and found this to be the perfect time for me to meditate. I have never been a big fan of it but it seems to be helping me cope with some things that have been going on in my life this year.
    I have never heard of this “unraveling” your talking about and would love to learn more..

    have a great day right on into the weekend my friend.
    Thanks for sharing
    Chery :))

  8. I believe that if you’ve suffered from depression and/or anxiety without properly dealing with it, you’ve stored up a whole lot of potentially disruptive, thoughts and memories. So even if there’s a medical cause for it, and medication helps, those memories and old ways of thinking can still kick in. There is a lot of re-learning to do and you need tools to help you with this. You can find peace from within.

    We all have ups and downs so these practices are good for everyone.

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