I think, therefore I am NOT.

Ever noticed that voice in your head? The one that chatters away incessantly, replaying conversations and regaling past experiences?⁣

One night whilst studying for exams the internal chatter would not quieten down, my worries seeming only to amplify it and I can clearly remember thinking: ⁣

This is it. My mental health is declining I’m “hearing voices” which only induced a panic attack. ⁣

The Power of Now written by Eckhart Tolle was a life changing read but the following quote left quite a profound impression on me:⁣

“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behaviour. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise…” ⁣

Before reading this book it never really dawned on me that it were my voice in my head and that by shifting my attention to it …

i had the power to reduce the intensity of the thought. ⁣

The more you practise watching your thoughts you begin dis-identifying with them and acting from a place of authenticity which brings about an inner calm.

Now I’m becoming more aware of my thoughts they can actually have me in hysterics at times; some of the things they come up with can be utterly absurd. ⁣

With everything it takes practise but I will leave you with this:⁣

Try not to cling to your thoughts and you will begin to see that you are not your thoughts but rather a person having thoughts or as Eckhart Tolle refers to as the “becoming the watcher”⁣

Have you read anything which has been life-changing for you?

Love and light,

Dionne
xoxoxo

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