Immersed in our thoughts, we often believe them. New thoughts we may challenge. New thoughts we may look at. Old familiar thoughts, those are the dangerous ones. We've revisited our old thoughts again and again and become comfortable with them. We then allow them to form beliefs. Even worse, we use them to define ourselves and believe "that's who I am".
Be careful how you define yourself, or better yet, don't define yourself at all.
Thoughts are empty - empty of inherent reality. They only exist in our mind and with our participation, but they can cause great suffering.
Be careful who you think you are.
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