How to stop being a thought cop

You are in a hurry, bigtime. Speeding down the highway like a lunatic.

A police officer pulls you over.

You were just trying to get to your destination, but now you’ve been pulled over, held up, ticketed.

Now, imagine a highway in your brain.

Your thoughts and emotions travel down this highway. So do urges. An urge is a thought attached to a drive, usually connected to an emotion. So, it’s like a truck pulling a trailer, maybe with a motorcycle on the trailer.

Visualize it. Every thought you have, including the thoughts generated in your mind as you read this, are cruising down the freeway of your mind.

Some are faster than others. Maybe some go slow in the passing lane.

There are thoughts and emotions you like, and ones you resent. Some thoughts and emotions and urges you fixate on, others you ignore.

Since it is all taking place in your mind, you’re the boss. You’re the police officer that rules this highway.

You’re free to go on a power trip. Pull over all the thoughts, emotions, and urges you can, give a lot of tickets.

Tickets, in this case, means self-judgment. Judging what’s going on inside your mind. Participating in every little process, automatically and relentlessly.

When you get pulled over by a police officer, you’re stuck in place for a while.

When you pull over your thoughts, they get stuck, too. And you’re stuck with them.

This is what I call a cognitive knot. Check out this video for an additional illustration.

Thoughts and emotions can get stuck for years, even throughout the entire life course. Maybe even multiple lifetimes, if you’re into that.

There’s simply no need to be a state trooper, lurking with your radar gun, ready to pounce.

If you let your thoughts and emotions speed along down the highway at their own pace, they’ll get to where they are headed. Usually rather quickly.

Watch them. Feel them. But put that radar away.

Because if you pull them over, then you’re stuck with them a while, and they with you.

Of course usually the thoughts and emotions we get stuck with are the ones we don’t like.

Why expend profuse amounts of time and energy on seizing a thought or emotion we don’t particularly care for the company of?

It’s amazingly liberating, to let these apprehended thoughts and feelings go. To realize, you have the power to let go. Anytime you want.

Letting go is healing. Processing the muck you’ve been carrying around for years, even since childhood; in an instant. It’s possible.

EFT is a very effective tool for processing stagnant emotions, which become dead weight. People have completely transformed their lives with EFT, overcome lifelong phobias, even managed and transcended PTSD symptoms. It’s pretty much the easiest thing in the world. If you have any questions about how to do it or what else you can use it for, do not hesitate to reach out.

EFT is useful for processing emotions, but what about thoughts?

In How to disengage self-limiting thought processes, I touched on this.

Really, the key to letting go of thoughts and emotions, is all about mindfulness. Simply noticing. Experiencing without judging.

Looking at the shark-filled water as you walk by, but not jumping in.

Will be exploring several mindfulness practices in future posts and videos.

‘Till then, be excellent to yourself and all that lives within you.

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