Tip #6: Your Thoughts Aren’t You
Sometimes I go to the grocery store and wonder why people are following me and staring. Then I think to myself, oh no I’ve gone crazy.
But don’t worry, I found a loophole! And it’s not what you think it is. I read somewhere that thoughts aren’t real, which means those thoughts aren’t me.
I’m not a doctor, but I know there’s someone in my head that’s freaking out all the time about nothing. If I pay attention to them, nothing happens except I feel scared and anxious. If I ignore them, nothing happens either, except I feel less scared and anxious.
That’s good news!
And if I try to, I can ignore my thoughts, or just let them be and say to myself, “Oh, you silly thought. Look at how silly you are!” It’s great. Like, if I happen to think, “What if I can’t love!?” It doesn’t matter. That thought doesn’t mean anything and it isn’t who I am.
I used to think there was so much weight to thoughts because Jesus said so. He said that if you look at a woman lustfully you’ve already committed adultery with her in your heart, but that’s not true.
You didn’t do anything. Sorry, Jesus.
Thoughts come and go and I don’t know why they do, but they only mean what I want them to mean. Usually, that’s nothing.