jtightlips21 wrote:What is the best way to handle thoughts, as it seems like repression does not work real well. Yet they can pop up whether I want them there or not.
I will try to not speak in Vedanta terminology, as this would be confusing I suppose. However, know that without you knowing the methodology of Vedanta the explanation will fall short.
Thoughts are objects (although subtle) that appear within your scope of being. You dont really have control of your thoughts (although you think you do), the explanation for that is complicated and Vedanta explains it better then I could, but they ultimately come from Isvara/god. He is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of all that is, including the person you think you are.
Anyways, thoughts... You give them your attention or you dont. The more attention you give certain thoughts, the stronger they seem to become, because you, awareness think you're a limited person, that is the "thinker" . You're not the thinker, but you are the knower OF the thinking. You are the ordinary, limitless, attributeless awareness that all objective phenomenona, including thoughts, appear in/to...
So, what to do? Like you said, repression doesn't work, so witness the thought as it arises, is it helpful? Then place your attention there and see where it leads. Is it harmful? If so, you can just stay as the witness to this thought and let it subside without giving it more attention (fuel). If the thoughts are very fast you can say "stop!" In your mind and sometimes this will give you a "gap" between thought to remind yourself you ARE the "gap" between the thought, not the thought itself.
Hope this helped?
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