Watching Your Thoughts


Sometimes we tell ourselves (in our minds) about how good or bad we are, about what we can or can’t do, or about other people. When we notice these stories, we can step back from them and decide if we want to believe them or not. If we are aware of them, the stories no longer have so much power over our actions. Noticing our thoughts gives us the power to change them if we want. You can notice your stories, or thought patterns, by watching your thoughts come and go. Watching your thoughts is different from “thinking” – when you watch your thoughts, you try not to get carried away by any one thought or fear or fantasy. 


Can you think of any beliefs you had about yourself in the past? Do you think these beliefs were helpful or harmful to you?