Finish reading this line, then close your eyes. Okay, try to think about nothing for 30 seconds.
Wasn’t easy was it?
Chances are various thoughts and images kept popping into your head.
I want you to try the same exercise again, except this time pay attention to which specific thoughts and images pop up.
Try to keep track of them. Notice them, note what they are, and then let them go.
See if you can do that for a minute.
What were they?
If you’ve ever meditated, even a little bit, you know what am talking about.
You closed your eyes and tried to shut your mind up, even if it’s just for 30 seconds, and despite your best efforts, some random thoughts just kept coming up.
It’s popularly known as “Mind Chatter”.
It never stops. It’s always going on in your daily life.
Here’s the interesting question!
It was your mind watching your mind.
One is “Thinking Mind” and the other is “Observing Mind.”
The problem with the Thinking Mind is that we don’t completely control it.
Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.
Whatever you do, do NOT think about a green panda.
Don’t think about a green panda holding a red umbrella. Don’t think about a green panda once over the next two paragraphs.
OK, not only did you picture a big green panda with a red umbrella, but you were watching yourself think about a green panda while you were reading the past two paragraphs.
Your Observing Mind was watching your Thinking Mind indulge in green panda repeatedly, despite the fact that it was telling your Thinking Mind not to indulge in green panda.
The Thinking Mind is always chattering away, while you’re waiting in line, while you’re in bed trying to sleep, when your mind wanders while reading.
The same goes for emotions.
And that’s actually where most of our suffering comes from – not from the negative emotions themselves, but from the fact that we’re helpless from getting sucked into the negative emotions.
Most of our psychological and emotional stress happens because our Thinking Mind and Observing Mind are “fused” and we don’t recognize the difference.
“How do you stop feeling so jealous?” or “How do you stop feeling so angry?” or “How do you not get nervous in this situation anymore?”
The answer is you don’t.
You can’t control your Thinking Mind. Those emotions pop up and will continue to pop up.
The trick is to not fuse with those emotions when they arise.
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We all produce excuses and negative emotions involuntarily.
Guess what? That’s NEVER going to change.
You can’t get away from them. None of us can. What you CAN do is accept them. And then act despite them.
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