You Control Your Thoughts, Not Your Impulses

But if you do it right, that’s all you need to improve your behavior

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The river inside your mind

The point of meditation is observing your thoughts without engaging with them. There are many analogies to help you grasp this concept.

Every impulse comes with a thought

I’ve been meditating every day for the past two weeks. The most important thing I’ve learned so far is that every impulse is bundled with a thought. They are two separate things, but they always show up together.

All you need to know

Yesterday, a friend pointed me to another meditation analogy. Headspace co-founder Andi Puddicombe describes it as “sitting on the side of a busy road, watching the cars representing thoughts and feelings.” “Often, observing the traffic makes us anxious, so we run into the road, trying to stop the cars or chasing after them,” he says.

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