How we think about our experiences is not necessarily a reality, yet our thoughts and the stories we construct from these thoughts can increase suffering.
People’s deepest and most irrational convictions about onesself and one’s life are incredibly stubborn. Once something is learned and then intermittently reinforced it is deeply resistant to extinction. However, through repetition and new experiences new neural pathways are formed and beliefs about the self and the world can be modified.
Through consciously relaxing tense muscles and observing your breath moving in and out, incessant thoughts can be quickly reduced (Lind-Kyle, 2009)