Think of your thoughts like a river flowing.
Sometimes your thoughts are pleasant. Sometimes your thoughts are an ugly rush of self-criticism.
It’s tempting to dive into the critical whirlpool and struggle upstream to escape negativity.
Or we can erect a self-improvement dam to push against the flow.
If we’re really determined, we can drown ourselves in the process.
But every time we fight against self-criticism or any thought we actually affirm it. We make it firm. We give it power. We make the unreal seem real.
We make up a story about reality, or who we are, and then punish ourselves with it.
Our thoughts are not real, they are only compelling.
The river of thoughts is impermanent, and that which is impermanent is not real.
It’s exhausting and pointless to fight the river of impermanence. So instead, bless and let go.
Notice your thoughts.
Know them as passing comments.
Know they are fiction.
And let them flow.
This connects you with the permanence beyond impermanence– the source of all.
When you rest as that source, you abide in that which is real.
Can you relax and allow the river of thoughts to flow through you, knowing that as you do, you move from the “unreal to the real”?
Thsnk you so much for this wisdom!
My pleasure, dear Saejung! I think of you fondly often, and I’m so glad we’re friends on Facebook. xo
Brilliant! Thanks, Rev.Bonnie… laughing at the disturbing thoughts helps me, too…although some may say I have an odd sense of humor 🙂
Yes, laughing is beautiful and I love your odd sense of humor. (thank you again for the “nice” mug you gave me from UT….” xoxo
Good fodder for the thoughts, what a cycle it is! So grateful to stay in touch and keep connected to you and our community! Thanks much for doing this!
Love and blessings, Linda
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