Instructions for "On The Shelf":
You just practised being the boss of your thoughts, instead of letting them be the boss of you.
So often I hear clients say that: "I can't help thinking X, and that is making me feel Y".
Even thought it may feel like your thoughts come and go of their own accord, it's not true. You are the thinker of your thoughts—they are created by you, and that means you can take control over them.
"Easier said than done!" - I hear you say. You are right, it's not easy to step into control of your thoughts, but, exercises like the one you just practised is great training to at least begin to reduce the influence of negative thinking on your life. — The more you practise picking and choosing your thoughts, the more skilled you will become at it.
"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." - Elizabeth Gilbert
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