Few things cause more emotional distress than the thoughts we think.
In fact, the guilt we have about those thoughts can be even more damaging than the thoughts themselves. As if our mind was the most ruthless prosecutor in the world, and unless we have a strong and robust defense team, it will make its case and defeat us every time.
If the glove fits, you must submit.
Buddhists call this state samsara, in which we are bound in an endless chain of confusion, and our entanglement with each thought enslaves us and we suffer in a vicious cycle of misery.
It’s not a pretty picture.
Rinpoche writes about this very issue, how we should not reject our thoughts and feelings, since they are all valid; but also, how our thoughts and feelings can cause us problems if we cling to them as if they were fixed and unchanging.
Perhaps each of us could benefit from this sense of detached acceptance.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Do all the thoughts in your head get along with each other?
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