In Touch: Thinking

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Sheep, Scotland
Photograph by Jim Richardson: National Geographic Magazine Features
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Thinking in itself is not the problem.
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We often need to think—the clearer, the better.
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The problem arises when we believe our thoughts and identify with our thinking.
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We let our thoughts define and confine us and, by extension, everyone and everything else.
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When we believe our judgmental thoughts, we are in prison.
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When we confuse thinking with reality, we suffer.
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We then radiate our suffering out to others.
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While some thoughts are more accurate than others, none are ultimately true;
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they are symbolic representations of our experience.
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When we begin to realize that awareness is distinct from thought, attention becomes more spacious and free.
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