We can view our thoughts and thinking as like a train pulling into the station.
We may have a certain thought, let’s say “I’m not good enough” or “I’m a failure” and we can metaphorically ‘jump’ on the train of that thought and follow it, believing it to be true. We’ll hear all the ways we aren’t good enough or we are a failure – “I shouted at the kids this morning, I’m a terrible parent” or “I didn’t get that promotion at work, I’m useless” or “If I had my life together I would be in a relationship” or “If I wasn’t overweight I would be happy” etc etc. You get my drift…
What if we have the possibility of standing on the platform and observing the trains of thought passing through, rather than jumping on the train and going who knows where on that train? When we are standing on the platform the flow of new, insightful thought is much more likely to come to us.
I have found no good comes from jumping on that train, especially with painful thinking. It only serves to send us further into our heads and into the realm of thoughts we have experienced before….nothing new or fresh tends to come along. And then we may start to think WE are stuck, rather than simply we are EXPERIENCING stuck, old, repetitive thinking.
Next time you find yourself already on a train of thought, see if your awareness reminds you that you don’t have to be on this train and can get off at any station. Can you be the observer of the trains of thought?
I’d love to hear your comments and if you find this useful! xx
Lindsey Elliott is a Wellbeing & Resilience Coach, energy healer and meditation teacher working in Brighton and online. She offers one to one coaching in a life-changing paradigm of understanding about how the human experience is created. With this understanding you can move from feeling insecure, stressed, anxious or unfulfilled to happy, secure, inspired, peaceful and filled with love.
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