One of my lovely students sent me this photo today today. She said it was the perfect instruction to thoughts that pop into our heads on a dally basis.
One of the major catastrophes of our modern education system is the almost totalitarian power we grant to our thoughts: if we think it, we must believe it.
The truth that was apparent to Buddhist practitioners 2.500 years ago is that most of our thoughts are mental burps with no more significance than the passing of a bird or a gust of wind. The fact that we are so hypnotised by our thoughts leads to calcified systems of thinking which constantly stress us out: “I’m bad. I’ve been bad again. This is more evidence of my badness”.
Being more disrespectful of our thoughts is the beginning of freedom.