On dealing with involuntary thoughts
Don’t believe everything you think.
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Our involuntary thoughts [<link; short read] constantly come and go, outside our control. Some are resourceful, others are not.
The involuntary thoughts we believe become our reality.“
“How can I stop believing the thoughts that don’t serve me?“
“Detach yourself from your involuntary thoughts. Notice them without judgment (Non-Judgmental Self-Awareness), in the same way you might watch the clouds in the sky. I call this practice, thought gazing.
Think of your involuntary thoughts as suggestions.
Never take the first suggestion. Always consider multiple alternatives.
Let go of those that don’t serve you. Even better, play with them. Use them as creativity fuel, in the same way an improviser might use suggestions from the audience to craft a magical experience.“