8. Mindfulness of thoughts
We often treat thoughts as if they are facts. For example: "I am no good at this," "He's is a jerk," "Nobody understand me," "I am brilliant," etc. When we have a thought many times it can condense into a belief. A belief is just a thought or thoughts that I have a lot of the time. Beliefs can then be taken as facts. For example: "The world is flat" – enough people had that thought often enough for it to be assumed to be a fact for centuries! When we start to pay attention to our thoughts, with a gentle curiosity, then we start to think about thinking (meta-cognition) and we move away from believing that the thought is a fact.
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