Thoughts I have in the middle of the night seem so true and so brilliant…until I review them the next morning.
Similarly, the ideas I have clung to while angry, critical, bitter, depressed, or playing the martyr, I can now see, were also completely void of brilliance.
Byron Katie teaches a wonderful way to relieve the suffering that comes from living a life founded on our unexamined thoughts. The Work always begins by honestly asking the following four questions about our judgments:
The problem is often that we will not take adequate and essential time to question our own authority. We would rather sleep in our illusions.
Our minds will help us love and be loved if we quit telling it what to think.