How often do you examine your thoughts? Are you even aware that you are thinking most of the time? Most of us are not. And this opens the door for your thoughts to run your life, rather than you.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Buddha
You might want to take a few minutes each day, to just sit and watch your thoughts. Noticing how they arrive, stay a while and then move away, making room for the next one, you can begin to separate the thought “event” from the thought “content.” Sometimes they may arise slowly or not at all, and other times may come in torrents. Just let yourself observe, and learn from these discrete events.
When you do this, you’ll probably find that your mind wanders off (again and again). Not to worry, just notice where your mind went and what it is doing and then choose to return to observing. You might be tempted to become frustrated or critical about the wandering, which is simply another way for the mind to be busy doing something else. Don’t give in to that urge, simply notice it and continue on.
When you start to look at the content of your thoughts, you may learn that a lot of what you think is just not true, and may even be ridiculous. It may be rooted in past experience and personal interpretation, and does, in fact, alter the way you experience your life. You may even notice patterns in what all that thinking is about.
If you are unhappy with your life, examining the content of your thoughts may provide not only clues to the source of your suffering, but the antidote as well.