Thoughts like clouds in the sky

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“If you don’t buy into them and simply observe them, you will probably feel some space around them, as if you were now noticing the sky behind and around the clouds.
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The more you practice this, the stronger this sense of space becomes.
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Awareness is often likened to the sky or to space.
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When we believe our thoughts, it is hard to sense this space.
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Our attention is trapped inside of them like an airplane going through a cloudbank.
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If a thought is very compelling, this process of neutral observation will be more challenging.
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Our belief in a thought makes us identify with it; believe one, and it is yours!
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The willingness to question and see through thought is like letting breeze pass through an open window.
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Thoughts are sometimes quite useful; however, our identification with them is not.
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Belief in thought is like fuel in a car.
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The less we believe that our thoughts are us, the less power they have to drive our lives.
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Long-standing patterns of thought—those rooted in childhood—will take time to taper off.
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It can take a while for the brain to rewire itself.
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Along the way we can see thoughts for what they are—just thoughts—and be less burdened by them.
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