My thoughts can cause me to lose sleep, get sick to stomach, cause a headache, or intensify any other ache in my body. That is because those thoughts that spring up from nowhere tend almost always to be negative thoughts from my past, that really hurt. Sometimes, really bad experiences would whirl around in my head for days, and I felt powerless to stop them. Sound familiar?
I realized that the part of me that was observing this madness has the power to say, yeah, ok, you popped into my mind, but I just do not have time for you. It may linger for a while, but maintaining an attitude of....thoughts have no power over you, unless you let them.
This lovely presentation, is a great place to start for anyone curious about controlling their reaction to their thoughts. It is in no way preachy, or biased. Just some people talking about how mindfulness practice has dramatically changed their lives.
Just watched this, and am already recommending this to family. I recommend it to you too.