Thoughts and facts

December 11, 2009,
Claire Montanaro

I am re-reading a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a well-known meditation teacher, and who happens to be the author of "Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life", my recommendation of the month.

A short but powerful sentance that he wrote has lingered with me.  It is "A thought is not a fact".   So much of our awake time is distracted by thinking, usually about the past and the future, and inaccurately.  Our mind and judgement may cause us to re-write or mis-remember events, and anticipate what may lie ahead with apprehension:  such uncontrolled thought processes can be destructive and cause emotional discomfort if not damage.

So, that brief phrase of Jon Kabat-Zinn is a pithy and helpful reminder about where truth and reality lie.  As I find my mind wandering from time to time, it helps me to return to my centre and my present, to be and see who I am, and to recognise the facts of my life.  

Much food for "thought" is it not?

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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.


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