Recently I was told that my negative thoughts were killing me and that because I was thinking so much about getting old, I actually was creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Hmmm… At first I was quite angry. I like to think of myself as more forward thinking than they were suggesting. But then I realized that they were absolutely right! All of my life I have had nothing except negative thoughts about myself. The reason for this is myriad and complex but the causes are not the same as the solution. I had no idea how to change my thoughts which would, in turn, change my behavior. Then, several months ago this little gem popped up in my “to read” list. Am I ever glad that it did!
I understand all of the different beliefs and have had a semi-working knowledge of the ideas that are presented in You are Not Your Thoughts, including mindfulness, meditation, and more. I won’t go into everything in the book, a lot of which is a very simplified of version of Buddhism – which is NOT a religion, I might add – but the exercises, the ideology behind the message of the book has helped me tremendously.
We live in a world that is too stressed, too obsessed, too over-the-top which permeates nearly every aspect of our waking moment. It is nice to learn how to step back, breathe deep and live in the moment. This is a super short book, a very quick read. I took time before writing this review so that I could actually put some of the suggestions into play, to see if it was all hocus-pocus or not. It wasn’t. For me, it has been a real eye-opening, thoughtful experience, one that I hope you also will try.
Thank you to #Netgalley and the publishes for my copy of #YouAreNotYourThoughts