How does my involuntary thinking disturb me?

Commentary by José Parés Pérez. Concepción, Chile.

Involuntary thinking is a characteristic of our internal experience.

Very often we enter, at any moment, into a period of involuntary thinking in which an uncontrolled sequence of thoughts is generated.

A period when we do not normally realize that we are in it and when we do not make a record of any of the thoughts we have. Involuntary thinking is an uncontrolled and unintended digression.

Its only difference with the compulsive thinking is that in the latter case, one or more thoughts repeat insistently.

Whatever may be the origin of involuntary thinking, it causes us discomfort, it takes away our tranquillity that the attentive living requires, destabilizes our purposes and our needs.

It is widely known that our emotions appear equally, whether generated by what we perceive or by what we think.

Our nervous system generates emotions irrespective of whether the stimulus comes from the exterior or from our thoughts or memories.

Our interest in maintaining an attentive life, wanting to enjoy all the benefits that this produces for our health and for our life in general, is often hampered by the involuntary thoughts.

With the same interest and appreciation for myself, as long as I live an attentive life, I will try to come out of my series of involuntary thinking, whenever I realize that I am in that condition.