Monday, 8 February 2016

#373


Since the past is unreal and the future is unreal, ALL YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ABOUT NOTHING.

When you are preoccupied, and your mind is wandering, what's it about? Where is your mind at these times? Is it worrying about something that you hope will never happen or about something that happened last week, last year or in your childhood? 

Look around you, everything is okay right now, isn't it? In this moment, you are safe, sitting at your computer, tablet, or phone, you are fine. Right?

And then, out of nowhere, the mind starts looking for something to 'think' about....it starts digging in all the cavities of the past, dredging up all the wrongs that you have suffered, all the people that inflicted pain, the liars, the cheaters, the betrayals, the resentment, the anger and you're off to the races! You can feel your stomach churning and your face burning. 

And if it isn't the past, there is always a trip to the future. You can start worrying about your parents, children, grandchildren, siblings etc. What will happen "if?" You can worry about so many things and so many people, it can keep you revved up for hours.

There is no story, it is only your thoughts about what took place that keeps it going. The past has already happened, you can't change it. The future hasn't happened yet, you can't forsee it. It is all unreal, all thoughts of either the past or the future are about nothing.  Your thoughts are what are causing you pain, don't listen to them.

"A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It's not our thoughts but our attachment to our thoughts that causes suffering." Byron Katie