“Try getting angry without first having angry thoughts!  Okay, now feeling stressed out without first having stressful thoughts – or sad without sad thoughts – or jealous without thoughts of jealousy.  You can’t do it – it’s impossible.    The truth is, in order to experience a feeling, you must first have thought that produces that feeling.

Unhappiness doesn’t and can’t exist on its own.  Unhappiness is the feeling that accompanies negative thinking about your life.  In the absence of that thinking, the unhappiness, or stress, or jealousy, can’t exist.  There is nothing to hold your negative feelings in place other than your own thinking.”  Richard Carlson

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      • We have to desire to be honest with ourselves. To face both negative and positive, whatever we think they may be. To find the objective truth, the standard that can be applied to all thoughts.
        We need to have that meta-look on the thoughts, as well as sights, sounds etc. These are always accompanied (or more precisely defined) by feeling, intentions, perception based on past events.
        Whenever there is a thinking, there is a desire for something behind it. Recognizing and focusing our attention on desire instead of face value of the thoughts, leads to seeing the relativity of the thought-process conditioned by our current mindset.
        That is the way to peace, or understanding/overcoming thoughts (as well as physical senses), also called mental development or meditation as explained in Sutta Pitaka.
        So basically get acquainted with Sutta Pitaka, step by step, and be sure to always compare different translations available.
        Best wishes 🙂

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      • Forgot to mention, thing is that all thoughts are true inasmuch that they reflect our current state, our conditioning, our desires with regards to the world;
        But they are relative because they never show the full picture. And the picture they show is always colored by our desires, our addictions to the different parts of experience, our clinging, our conditioning, our personality, karma or whatever you want to call it.

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