I read this sentence a few days ago in a book titled “The Untethered Soul.” It’s so simple. And obvious. Of course our thoughts don’t change the rain. But this book is about learning to recognize that the voice that inside our head is not actually us—it’s just the voice inside our head. We can succumb to it, or we can simply observe it:
If you’re willing to be objective and watch all your thoughts you will see that the vast majority of them have no relevance. They have no effect on anything or anybody, except you. They are simply making you feel better or worse about what is going on now, what has happened in the past, or what might go on in the future. If you spend your time hoping that it doesn’ t rain tomorrow, you are wasting your time. Your thoughts don’t change the rain. You will someday come to see that there is no use for the incessant internal chatter, and there is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out. Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems. —Michael A. Singer
As someone who puts so much effort into monitoring my thoughts and feelings and moods, this concept of letting go of all of that is fascinating. I can’t say I’ve completely succeeded in anything the book is advising (yet), but this week I have been trying the technique of at least observing the thought instead of getting lost inside it. Just this shift in how I’m thinking about thinking is freeing.