I’m a practicing Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist, and in Zen, we practice what is called shikantaza, which is sitting just to sit. It doesn’t matter what thoughts go on in your head, you still just sit down in meditation and remain quiet. What I’ve found is that whenever I try to stop negative thinking and put an end to it, I just enforce it. If you sit in shikantaza, though, and not have anything you have to think, the thoughts die down on their own because there’s no more resistance against them. It’s the same thing if a doctor gave you medicine and told you not to think of a monkey while taking the medicine. So, when you take the medicine, you’ll think of the monkey! The Buddha wouldn’t tell you what to think and in that way you’ll have nothing you have to think and you’ll be embraced by the silence. Have patience, it won’t happen immediately, but it’ll happen.
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