This week, instead of multiple quotes, we want to focus on a short excerpt from the book How Can I Help? It's an excellent summation of our relationship to thoughts:
"Our thoughts are always happening. Much like leaves floating down a stream or clouds crossing the sky, they just keep coming...
And they are constantly calling for attention: 'Think of me.' 'Notice me.' 'Attend to me.'...
While we can't stop the thoughts themselves, we can stop our awareness from being snared by each one. If you are standing by a river and a leaf floats by, you have your choice of following the leaf with your eye or keeping your attention fixed in front of you. The leaf floats out of your line of vision. Another leaf enters…and floats by.
But as we stand on the bank of the river and the leaves float by, there is no confusion as to whether or not we are the leaves. Similarly, it turns out that there is a place in our minds from which we can watch our own mental images go by. We aren’t our thoughts any more than we are the leaves."
We published a new article on Medium earlier this week that ties to the excerpt above. It's a short read, and dispels a common misconception:
Meditation isn't about suppressing your thoughts and emotions.
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