Within the first paragraphs of this chapter, I was reminded of a phrase I include in almost all of my trainings and coachings.
We don’t see the world as it is, but as we are. - Anais Nin
We are constantly making guesses about the world, constantly creating and re-creating and interpreting the images our mind creates, second by second. It’s happening right now. All. The. Time.
This running story we create in our mind, the film we have playing, or the B as referred to in this chapter, is our interpretation of the ‘thing’, situation, emotion, though or feeling. And this where the rumors start to grow. Maybe my interpretation is right, maybe only half-right, maybe not right at all.
Our thoughts are like rumors in the mind. They might be true. They might not be.
I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of time **thinking** about the statements and questions listed on pages 140-141. A lot of them rang true to me – I’ve had these thoughts at all kinds of times in my life.
The sounds and thoughts meditation was one of my favorites so far, if you can have a favorite meditation. I agree with the idea that you can learn to relate to unsettling thoughts in the very same manner we relate to sounds. I have set a goal to pay more attention to putting thoughts in the background, as needed and not always front and center.
I’m carrying this with me this week from this book:
This moment, too, is a moment of your life.
Even if I am frustrated and waiting in line. I don’t want to miss my life, whatever moment may be showing up, comfortable or uncomfortable. That is only my interpretation anyway, right?
What was your experience this week? How are you feeling overall? We’re already in Week 4. I’m curious to hear from you.