Friday, August 25, 2017

Scandalized by our own thoughts

The voices in our heads profoundly shape who we believe ourselves to be. 

But not always positively. Our internal conversations can be nagging, condemning and even assaultive. And if we don’t understand how to take charge of our brains, we will continue to be scandalized by our own thoughts. 

Gregson’s empowering manual on using eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction reminds us that we are easily swayed by our own opinions. That we pay way too much attention to our internal dialogue, even though the points of view expressed are often based on flimsy evidence and frequently defy the ordinary rules of logic and consistency. 

And as a result, we’re all naively susceptible to the beliefs that our own inner voices express. 

The good news is, our capacity to prick certain bubbles of delusion is the best defense we have against this psychological shitstorm. Because once we learn how to interrupt our racing brands and say to ourselves...

wait a minute, I’ve seen this movie before, and although it might be gratifying in the moment, I know that it’s not going to work out well for me in the long term

...then we’re one step closer to liberation. 

Anytime I find myself racing to keep pace with my own thoughts, I find it helpful to think of myself as a conductor who must engage the railroad switch to guide the train from one track to another. 

It's that simple piece of metal that ticks back and forth assures that the locomotive peacefully cruises into the beautiful open landscape, as opposed to hurling across a crusty unfinished bridge and into a bottomless ravine. 

It’s a tad dramatic, but the imaginative visual of the train helps me soothingly direct my attention in a more conscious manner, preventing my thoughts from smothering me. 

It helps me get my brain back on the right track, in every sense of the word.

Which visualization might help you ease up on the pedal that’s driving your racing brain?

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