“May we all find empowerment that if we just stopped believing the untrue thoughts we attach ourselves to, we’d feel liberation and peace.”~ Jennifer Carey
Episode 9 of Shortcuts to Zen with Jen is part three of a powerful trilogy on mindfulness and thoughts. In episode 7, we explored how to write down our stressful thoughts. By writing your thoughts down, you take away some of the charge that is caused by them simply swirling inside your head without awareness of them. In episode 8, we went over the “pushing away method.” If you have these anxieties that won’t go away, you need to ask yourself these questions: “Can I solve it now?” and “Is this a good time to work on it?” If you can solve it at that moment, and it is a good time to do so, solve that problem now! If you can’t, the pushing away method comes in handy. Now, we are learning how we can reconstruct these disturbing thoughts.
If you haven’t heard of Byron Katie before, you are in for an amazing treat and mindfulness hack in Episode #9 of Shortcuts to Zen with Jen. Byron Katie has made famous what she calls, “The Work”. It’s 4 simple questions that can transform the thoughts that cause you stress and disturb your peace. Here is how it works:
Start by writing down all the stressful thoughts that are disturbing your peace. Then, ask yourself these four questions:
- Is that true?
- Can I absolutely know for a fact that it’s true? (Do you have evidence that this thought is true?)
- Who am I with that thought? (How do you feel physically and how do you react when you’re living that thought out?)
- Who am I without that thought?
Questioning these thoughts helps bring the darkness to light. It is easy to let these thoughts run rampant when we don’t question them, but once we bring logic and reason to them, it becomes difficult for them to fester and grow into something more. Please check out Episode 9 of Shortcuts to Zen with Jen, where I go in-depth and teach you about this powerful method. Additionally, if you missed my last article on the pushing away method, check it out here!