“Every thought pretends that it matters so much. It wants to draw your attention in completely. Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously.”  By Eckhart Tolle

Wow, is this ever true! Well, for me at least. All those years allowing dramatic thoughts to fill my mind and take me away from getting things done. It became a glorious habit that was wonderfully unproductive. Recently, in my efforts to let go and let be, I have been wondering why my mind wanders to these thoughts so easily; how can I use these thoughts creatively to create something from them; make them productive in some way. For years, I’ve found only frustration when trying to write stories about these unproductive thoughts and feelings. It just feels bad to embrace them, and yet they always felt so strong, so serious, so important. I just couldn’t explain why. The only conclusion is that they are not serious at all. 

Instead, I am starting the practice of letting them go. They are signs of what I don’t like or want and I am feeling increasingly grateful for these signs. The process of switching the thoughts to what I want instead is getting faster each time. When nothing comes to mind quickly, I am finding quiet nothingness to be equally welcome. Logically, I am starting to understand that thoughts are only a reflection of something that has passed, even if the experience just happened, it is still in the past. It can’t be changed. If it can’t be changed, there’s no point in worrying about it. So, it’s not serious. I think you. Might have to find your own train of logic on this one. No worries, it took me years and I’m sure my perspective will change. That’s ok, it’s n nothing serious.

What do your thoughts pretend to be?


7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Triumphs #20: Blah, Blah, Blah… said the voice in my head

    1. Oh boy, is that ever a loaded question!
      There are many roads and practices to mindfulness and all require perseverance and determination.
      For example: decide and practice a full 24 hours without verbalizing a single complaint. If possible, note down the complaints your catch yourself thinking and or saying, and the feelings associated with them.
      Decide and practice another 24 hours where you interrupt every complaint you think or are about to say and replace it with questions to yourself: what caused this feeling? Why do I feel this way right now? How much do I really care about this complaint in the grand scheme of things? Do I want to feel this way?
      If the answer to the last question is yes… without judgement, I highly recommend reading Mark Mason’s book and then decide if the situation is really worth the f***s you’re giving it. 😉

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