Catching Thoughts by Talking

who am I and what am I thinking?

This is the image I created after talking to myself about talking to myself. And imaging the moon as my only witness.

So much chatter out there about finding one's voice.   Really we have a simple way to do that.  Think.  Talk.  Say what you are thinking.  Listen.  Keep Going.

I think one of the most helpful techniques for thought catching,  at least it has seemed that way for me,  is talking.  To myself.   I know we all probably do that from time to time but I now do it all the time.    And now, in these last few years , listening.   Listening to myself .

Find a way to hear yourself

A handy Gadget.

But these days, you are probably already carrying one in your pocket.

Be a river

I bought an audio recorder years ago.  I began using it to supplement  the media for my classes.  I love the layer that  real voice adds to sharing thoughts.   How  it brings me right into the current moment, as I reconsider  everything I was thinking about just moments ago.   Speaking can be so much more revealing.   It is so liquid, allowing the present to just flow like a river, a stream of consciousness.


I found this in the Real Journal this morning, I still can't spell

Loosen Up and reconnect

So really,  recording your voice is easy.   Playback is easy.   It's a great tool for thought catching.   Just listening to yourself.   But first comes training yourself to let it out.   Make more space for new ideas.   I used to talk to myself in the car while driving.  Nobody to listen , I would just rant on,  release.   That was quite helpful.   Like a real journal, real voice is good.   Say it.   Just say it.   Like nobody else will hear it.   Like only the moon is witness to it.  Let me talk,  it was chilly this morning and the wood stove is clanking.

real voice- audio

real voice

As far as voice recording goes, if you have a smart phone, you have most likely have the ability to make voice recordings. It might be built in or you might need to download a free voice recording app.   Technology is good if you use it to good end.   There is nothing like hearing someone speak.   Or being able to speak across this wide space that we are floating in.   It is a special kind of connecting.   Let me talk again,  it's warming up outside so the birds have joined me.

audio- virtual voice

virtual voice


  1. Cheryl

    When we were little, my brother and I would play with my dad’s tape recorder. We would talk, interview each other (pretending we were different people), and play silly games. It’s funny how those days were innocent yet fun. I don’t do recordings anymore, but I talk to myself all the time.

  2. I feel so fidgety when I listen to recordings. I listen to audiobooks all the time, and often while I stitch. But I think I also phase in and out with my attention — sometimes I think I just need to stop and catch those thoughts, then start listening again. Maybe my cozy arm chair needs a combination pin cushion and note pad – catching all the loose threads and thoughts…

  3. I talk to myself as I paint. Sometimes I sing. I have recorded myself doing both in long drives. Coming across the recordings later is a connection to another time. My voice never sounds like I think it does. ha. I guess i nedd to listen to myself more. raining today outside.

  4. debgorr

    I’m home today and decided to record myself throughout the day as a audio journal/diary of the day. I’m finding myself wanting to start with describing the moment, setting the scene…

    Also thinking about my childhood. I was the chatterbox. One of my report cards from 1st or 2nd grad says if no one will listen to Debbie talk, she talks to herself. When I was ten and we moved I shut down and became very quiet, it all channeled to written formats or doodling. Thinking about the progression of language from childhood on. Also thinking about the art of story telling.

    • jude

      I was afraid to raise my hand in class, even when I had the right answer, i didn’t want to have to speak in front of others. imagine that. No wonder I have so much to say.

  5. I’ve always used talking to myself to solve problems, by going for a walk and talking to myself. I have my right side and my left side talk to each other; and it’s remarkable. I always feel better for it, even if I’ve just aired a thing and seen it from both sides…

  6. I have long used reading drafts aloud as an editing method when I write. Now you have given me an additional tool: listening to myself reading aloud to check for flow and redundancies. Totally unexpected and much appreciated.

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