Don't Believe Everything You Think: 5 Tips for a Happier Mind

February 9, 2015 4:39 PM

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The average person thinks between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. These thoughts range from the mundane -- I need to buy milk, to the significant -- I love you, to the self-destructive -- I'm not good enough. In the moment, our thinking seems logical. But when we examine long patterns of brain activity, it's clear that thoughts can be unstable and often arbitrary, shifting depending on context and contradicting our better instincts. Yet humans usually form our personal identities around the things we think. The result is a scattered sense of self that drifts as the wind blows.

But you are not your thoughts. You are the consciousness (the ocean) from which your thoughts (the waves) arise. The human capacity to think (while great in comparison to other living creatures) is incredibly susceptible to error. Cognitive bias, false assumptions, misinformation, Ego and limited be...

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