Day 18 – River of Thoughts

Sometimes, it’s easy to let go of thoughts, or just watch them float down the river. Those tend to be thoughts about things like the weather, or what errands I need to run.

There aren’t too-too many thoughts that can hook me any more, but I had to laugh: As soon as I closed my eyes, I went into a he should have done… I should have said… loop that lasted at least 2-3 minutes (in other words, a good percentage of the meditation time).  As soon as I noticed it, I laughed and let it flow away, until the next he should have… popped into my head a few seconds later.

Those thoughts make me miserable–angry, sad, lonely–and they don’t accomplish anything (except making me feel miserable).

What I’m realizing is that letting go of thoughts isn’t a once-and-done thing. It’s continual (which can be frustrating). Let go, let go, let go–brief reprieve from thoughts–let go again. Thoughts will return; that’s what they do. I have to keep coming back to the breath; that’s what I can do.

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May all beings be happy ♡