Recently I was watching the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” (again) and one statement got me thinking:
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day.” Elizabeth Gilbert (
I cling on every thought I have! I make every thought important, I mean I’m thinking it so it must be relevant, right? NO!
I imagine it this way: Subconsciously we think so much more without noticing, e.g. how to walk, brush teeth etc. Our conscious decides which thoughts are worth thinking and which one can be done “without thinking”. What if we train this mechanism? Can I train myself to not allow certain thoughts?
I often catch myself overthinking something and try to push this thought away. There’s no reason to think about it! I saw a quote in Kathrin’s post The waterfall of thoughts which inspired me:
„I’m not my thoughts. I’m the space between each thought. I stop the waterfall of thoughts and immerse into stillness. In the gab, there’s no judgement. I’m nothing and I’m everything.“ (no source)
I guess that’s what meditation is for. You recognize thoughts and let them pass. You allow the thought to happen but give it no significance. I never meditated but there was a time when I did yoga and autogenic training every day and in that time I was really more relaxed and content. Thoughts weren’t dictating me. I knew practices which helped to be more calm.
I should really get back into AT or something because it worked for me. I don’t know why I hesitate and procrastinate it like I’m scared it actually works. Stupid… I shouldn’t cling on bad old habits just because ovethinking is my routine.