I'm reading a book called 'The Practice of Not Thinking' by Ryunosuke Koike and the opening sentence is: "All the failures that we ever experience may be attributed to excessive thinking, and in particular the negative thoughts that pop up in our mind."
We may have the best of intentions for the day but then our minds hone in on something we deem negative and can obsess about it, or we may have decided to take a lunch break and go for a walk but then we get distracted and sit in front of our computer all day, only swapping it for our phones later. Or, we decide it's time to stop thinking and go to sleep and suddenly the mind is wide awake with ideas and thoughts.
We may have good intentions but our minds - our thoughts - convince us to deviate; almost rob us of our free will.
However, who controls these pesky, deviating, criticising and unruly thoughts?
So, how do we learn to control them?
By living more mindfully and aware and less on autopilot, letting whims and here-and-now desires run our lives.
Your life, your choice!
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