You are not your thoughts
written by Amanda Carson (Integrative Hypnotherapy) on 14/06/19
One of the most empowering realizations I have ever had is that no matter what thoughts show up in my head they do not define who I am, they are not me. Rather, I am the one who is observing them.
With this realization we become aware that rather than attaching meaning to each thought we have, we can witness what is going on and make an informed choice about how to respond.
Thoughts appear within our awareness. If they are not fueled with our attention, they disappear. It is freeing to know that if we do not identify with a thought, it will eventually cease to exist.
We have on average 70,000 thoughts per day. 70,000! Many of these are things we have once said, heard, questions or answers we may have. We may be replaying an event from the past or thinking about what has yet to come.
There is opportunity within this awareness to create space from our free flowing thoughts where we are better equipped to understand that our thoughts do not control us.
Here is a practice that is helpful in creating this awareness and space:
Sit comfortably. Close your eyes if you feel comfortable doing so or rest your gaze softly somewhere in front of you. See if you can guess what your next thought will be. You will likely find that you cannot! Your thoughts seem to seamlessly come out of nowhere. Notice that you are the one observing each thought that comes into your mind. You may even choose to label each thought as something from the past, present, or future. In this way you recognize that you are in control of your response to your thoughts, you are better equipped at making the choices of how to move forward in your day to day life without feeling that you are controlled by what pops into your head.