Your Thoughts - Real but often Untrue
Thoughts play a powerful role in our mood, behaviour, and experience of pain. The brain evolved to continually have a stream of thoughts chattering away at us throughout the day. Some are useful, others not so much. Research shows that when we are dealing with more stress than usual, due to living in pain, depression, or anxiety, our thoughts tend to lean towards more negatives than they might otherwise be. Additionally, living in pain can create a downward spiral of negative thinking, so your thoughts might really not be serving you these days. But there is good news, you don't have to believe your thoughts. Mindfulness teacher and clinical psychologist Tara Brach points out that our thoughts are very real. However, they are rarely true.
An invitation for you today is to try not to believe your thoughts. This may seem strange at first. Approach this experiment with patience and grace. Try to catch yourself lost in thought, and then just remind yourself, "I don't have to believe this thought." Take a deep breath and come back to the present moment.