Notice how much energy we place on getting bad thoughts to go away. Isn’t that like trying to get the wind to go away?
The wind just does its thing. It blows.
Well, thought does the same thing. It thinks. Sometimes about things that rub us the wrong way. But then it stops. It becomes calm again. And then, all of a sudden, it picks back up.
Getting back to the wind example, if we actually thought we could make the wind stop blowing — and we set out with that as a goal — think of how much of a tortured life that would be.
Damn, there it is, blowing again. Stop, wind, stop! I command thee!
Luckily, we’re smarter than that. We know that we can’t stop the wind from blowing, but we can set up structures that block the wind (aka, buildings) so we can go on with our day without worrying about it much.
Same thing with thought. We can see that the wind is raging again, and we might not be able to stop it, but we can choose how we deal with it.
There’s a lot of power in this.