Despite what comes across the screen of your mind, you are not your thoughts.
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Well, hey there. It’s Kristen. Welcome to Day 29 of Love Thyself: 30 Ways, 30 Days.
Today, I have a story to share with you. It’s brief. A few weeks ago, I was in a shopping plaza, walking from the grocery store over to the post office — not that those particular details matter too much. But I remember being in that place in that moment, not only physically but where I was in my mind. And I remember just kind of waking up from my thoughts.
There was this stream of thoughts going through my head with some really unpleasant words and really unpleasant, just an unpleasant train of thought. And I kind of woke up and, thankfully, that happened rather quickly. I became aware of what was traveling through my mind.
And I said in that moment, “I am not my thoughts.” And that’s my message for you today. I want to say that we are part of a collective. You know, there’s an idea that we are all one, right. And sometimes our thoughts are not our own. Sometimes we kind of pick up thoughts, if you will, from the “air,” you know, that’s kind of around us. Sometimes things just come across the screen of our mind that are kind of unbidden — that don’t really stem from us or arise from us. But we get attached to them, or we claim them as our own.
So, this is goes to what a lot of spiritual teachers talk about when they talk about non-attachment. Just saying, “I am not my thoughts. I am not that thought I just had. I am …” — two of the most powerful words that we can speak — “I am more than that. I am a spiritual being having a human experience. I am love. I am peace. I am joy.” Those are the things that are real about us — not these kind of false, negative—seeming, even sometimes hurtful kind of thoughts that come across the screen of our minds. They have no power if we don’t attach to them. They have no true meaning if we don’t attach to them — if we just let them pass by like clouds in the sky, right, rather than holding onto them and thinking that they are indicative of something that’s fundamentally wrong with us or fundamentally bad about us.
So, that’s the thought for today. I am not my thoughts. You are not your thoughts. And when you become aware of that and when you can shift from that stream of thought or train of thought that seems and feels negative to just that neutral place — even if you just say, “I am not my thoughts,” even if you say that over and over and over again, you know, to remind yourself — it’s a helpful thing.
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Thanks again, and I’ll see you next time.