Feelings, by themselves, do not create problems...
“Feelings, by themselves, do not create problems. It is rather the tendency to interpret and analyze them. When out of habit you believe those interpretations, it is there that the suffering begins.” – Mooji
Always be on guard for Stinkin’ Thinkin’. – Joi
Mooji’s description of the whole process is a lot more elegant than my own, but when all’s said and done, stinkin’ thinkin’ gets the job done, too.
We all know people who would be a lot happier (and, let’s face it, funner to be around) if they stopped allowing their minds to be breeding grounds for worrisome, negative, destructive, and ugly thoughts. Stinkin’ thinkin‘. As Mooji points out, the feelings we have about other people or situations don’t always create the problems – we do by dwelling on them.
The hundreds of feelings we have throughout the day are just that… feelings. Like visitors, they come and go. How we deal with them, while in their presence, strongly affects our mindset, and in turn, our happiness.
Thoughts can either be our best companions or our worst – depending entirely upon which ones we entertain. We should be as mindful of our thoughts as we are the company we keep. Just as we would never hang around with anyone who did nothing but complain, criticize, and condemn all the time, we should refuse to hang out with thoughts that do so. Because if we aren’t careful, these thoughts will turn us into those people.