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Lessness

There are two kinds of work: necessary and unnecessary. Can I refrain from unnecessary work? Refrain comes from the Latin word for bridle. Can I refrain from unnecessary speech? It’s not so easy.

How to stop thinking (7)

The unobserved mind is a shameless opportunist. It’s alert to and dismayed by your discovery that the more you think, the more fearful you become. So it hustles right over and says, “Less thinking? That’s a wonderful idea! Let me help you with that.”

How to stop thinking (6)

The most prevalent and inhibitive form of mental dis-ease? Worry, fear of the future, so common it’s thought to be normal. Well, imagine a dog if it compulsively worried about the future. The next time a worry thought floats to the surface, observe it closely. Don’t react to it, just observe it. When you watch a thought, you are out of the thought. Houdini unchained.

How to stop thinking (2)

The breath is our most important biological function. It is also our best ally in breaking the thought habit. We breath 22,000 times per day. Most of these breaths are unconscious—that is, we don’t notice them. A conscious breath, a breath we notice, stops the mind. Which is amazing!  The mind cannot do two things at once. It can either think like crazy or notice that the body is breathing. Yes, you’re right. Minus the treats, it’s like training a dog.