Stressful and negative thoughts

 

I listened to an interview with Byron Katie where the interviewer used the words stressful and negative thoughts.

One the one hand, it seems that no thoughts are inherently stressful, and thoughts are not negative or positive.

And yet, thoughts can appear stressful when taken as true. And thoughts may appear negative or positive depending on what beliefs I have about them.

I also noticed that Byron Katie let it pass without attempting to clarify. I imagine she let it pass because stressful and negative thoughts are terms most people are familiar with, it can be an easy way into being more curious about inquiry, and when we do inquiry, it’s often or usually – at least in the beginning – on thoughts we could call stressful or negative. The stressful and negative labels make sense in the beginning, and if we stay with inquiry for a bit, we’ll question these labels as well.

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