Our brains lie to us frequently. Old messages that we mentally recorded as children have run through our minds so many times that they have become neural superhighways. We believe this neurological flotsam and jetsam not because it’s based on fact, but because it’s familiar. We’ve heard it for so long, it must be true–right? Wrong. Instead, Do Not Believe Everything Your Brain Says.
Practice mindfulness with your brain–aware of thoughts without judgment about them. You might even refer to yourself in the third person “Laura is thinking…” By recognizing your thoughts as “thought” (not truth or reality), you create distance from them. Eventually you realize you are not your thoughts. You are the listener. And you can then decide which thoughts are useful to engage with and which you will let float away.