Part 3

Mindfulness and difficult emotions

How to fall in the muck gracefully

From the previous parts of this book we can now see how our thoughts:

  • are a ‘product’ of the mind, fleeting experiences that come and go;
  • contribute to the busyness of our lives when we get caught up in them;
  • take up a lot of attention if we allow them to and then make us less efficient; and
  • are responsible for perpetuating a LOT of stress.

We also know now, how this is all related to our caveman (or cavewoman) tendencies, so we can drop the guilt about being like this and blame our prehistoric ancestors. So, when we let go of the thoughts, stop trying to think positively, and stop distracting ourselves with them – what do we find? What are we really avoiding and ...

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