The other day someone asked me, How do I control my thoughts?
If I knew how to control my thoughts I'd surely be making inroads towards enlightenment!
Having said that I have learnt to reduce the number of thoughts by not paying attention to every thought that transits through my head.
Thoughts are like a crowded walkway. There is so much action on a busy path, yet we find our way and reach our desired destination.
Just imagine if we started banging into everyone we met, we sure would end up black and blue and nowhere near our destination.
We get through the road by finding the gaps amongst the people and winding our way through. We rarely bang into other people. We just continue on our journey focusing on the gaps.
Similarly we have to find the pauses in between the thoughts. On an average we have 60, 000 thoughts a day. Just imagine taking each thought literally and going along with that thought. We would be a mess. If you were to concentrate more on the pauses and less on the thoughts, just like you would look more for the gaps than on banging into people, you will soon reach the road less traveled and a mind less cluttered.
Energy goes where attention goes. The more you focus on the pauses the lesser the hold of the thoughts. Just don't pay attention to the thoughts. Find the gaps and keep moving ahead.
Sometimes you may meet a friend on the road and continue the rest of the journey with them. This is a bit like catching a positive thought. You can then go on with that thought for a while.
But sometimes you may start following your enemy or an ex :) and this will invariably lead to pain.
A negative thought is the same -the more you get attached to it the more it takes you down a negative route.
You cannot fight thoughts - if you try , you end up fighting - you only can resist and walk away . Just refuse to play the game. Watch the thoughts without attachment or judgement and they will loosen their hold on you. :)