Friday, May 17, 2013
Carla is a medical doctor who tends to be quite analytical, work long hours, and have a very busy mind. After learning about the inside-out nature of life, Carla's mind settled down quite a bit- all sorts of unnecessary thinking dropped away. Within that new mental space and mental quiet, she began to realize that she lived in different feeling states throughout the day. She sometimes experienced anxiety and depression in response to some adverse life events that had plagued her for many years. But the more Carla realized about the inside-out nature of life the more the repetitive thoughts that caused these feelings dropped away.
But recently Carla had been feeling quite down about a difficult case she was handling. It wasn't going well, and she was worrying about it. Then, she said, she realized she could change her thought, and then it changed! She said she felt much better after that.
'Did you really change your thought?' I asked her. 'How did you do that'?
There was a pause.
'When most people say that, they mean something like that they replaced a negative thought with a positive one, as in positive thinking, or...