Psychology Has It Backwards

Episode 117: Addicted to Thought

It’s easy to get addicted to troubled thinking because our worst moments, or our most negative thoughts look and feel more significant to us than ordinary everyday thoughts.  We get frightened, embarrassed, discouraged, upset, angry, etc. about them.  In other words, they bring us bad feelings.  Bad feelings get our attention.  They’re supposed to.  They tell us we’re overthinking, stuck in the past, using our memory to try to figure out what we don’t know.  When we find our minds racing and our feelings plummeting, the answer is not to think more about the thoughts that are bringing us down, but to take that as a signal to turn away, and allow all those thoughts to pass.  Then we drop into peace and wisdom comes.

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