Managing the Stream of Thoughts (7 minutes)

The human mind produces thousands of thoughts a day. Some are vitally important yet many are not. If you’re like most people, though, you tend to believe that your thoughts are factual. Our thoughts occur within our mind, in a private internal environment where there is no one to challenge them. It is said that the mind is a great servant but a poor master. And, when you consider this, you may begin to see that you are often in a pattern of being a slave to your mind. Mindfulness offers the possibility of looking more critically at our thoughts. In doing so, we realize we have choice about which ones we give attention to and how much.

The fact is that we have choice about how we relate to our thoughts. Mindfulness involves becoming curious about things, including our own thoughts. By invoking this type of curiosity, we begin to see that we have more choice than we may have realized. We gradually become the master of our mind.

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