The average mind thinks between 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts a day. They are not all useful. We like the mind. It is a good thing and thinking is a good thing and so we want the mind to think many thoughts – all the thoughts it thinks.
Our job is to organize the thoughts. Some are keepers, some might be useful later, some are interesting and stored for later investigation and some are not useful. Thank your mind for the many thoughts and like sorting laundry, make no judgement of good and bad- simply sort. And unlike laundry, there is no further need for storing and caring and cherishing your thoughts. Let them come and go, thanking your mind for its competence.
And if you would like to increase a certain kind of thought, bring your attention to THAT kind of thought, thanking the mind for the opportunity of the thought. And if you would like to decrease a certain kind of thought, acknowledge that thought with the thought, “Isn’t that interesting”. And follow the notion of interesting.
We like the mind. It is a good thing and thinking is a good thing and so we want the mind to think many thoughts – all the thoughts it thinks.