Just because thoughts appear in our awareness, it doesn’t mean we have to do what they say.
We don’t have to listen to thoughts, or engage with them or believe them.
We can instead just see them happen, not judge them, not try to get away from them, or fight them, and not follow them down the rabbit hole.
Sometimes, it can feel like thoughts are our friend or that they’re in fact ‘us.’ But in my view, thoughts are impartial tools to be used how we like.
To see that thoughts aren’t you, notice how when a thought appears and disappears, you were aware of that happening. You stay, while thoughts come and go.
Maybe you think you are the thinker of the thoughts?
This is how it intuitively feels and it evolved this way for good reason. However, take a moment to notice right now that you have no idea what thought will appear next. Also notice that you have no idea where that thought came from, where it got made, who ‘wrote’ it before you ‘heard’ it.
Maybe you think you can control thoughts?
To see how we can’t control thoughts; stop thinking, (like you would stop running when you didn’t want to run anymore).
We can seem to fight with thoughts, reject them, deny them, judge them, believe them, listen to them, engage with them, or we can not do any of that and allow and accept them instead.
I find it much more helpful to allow thoughts to appear, see them and not engage with them if I don’t want to or if they’re hurting me.
Be the master of the thoughts, not a slave to them. (Easier said than done, eh?)
By Annie Charnley.
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