Contrary to popular belief, negative thoughts will not go away on their own. Inspecting them to try to understand their origins will reduce their frequency over time.
According to author Alice G. Walton, both clinical psychology and Buddhism acknowledge that “negative thoughts are really just a part of being human, and if we push them away or repress them, or even just wait for them to go, they’ll get worse. Rather, inspecting them just a bit, to understand their origins, is a more productive way of dealing with them.”
Chasing dark clouds away
Her Forbes’ article suggests dealing with these dark clouds by:
- reconfiguring your relationship to your thoughts by defusing them;
- dismissing the idea that every thought means something deeper;
- following the thoughts that lead to peace and happiness and leaving the others aside.