Imagine driving home late at night after a fancy dinner with a hot new date. Things went amazing, and you’re already thinking this person has potential to be “the one”. And that’s when it strikes. An intrusive though. You think back to when an ex-lover hurt you, and you start to wonder, “Does this person actually like me? I had a lot of fun, but now that I think about it…”
Before you know it, you are replaying the entire night in your head, down to every last word and gesture. The car ride home is a blur – you were completely lost in the depths of your own mind. Sound familiar? Intrusive thoughts are an interesting can of worms, and they can rob you of happiness.
If you have ever wondered how to stop intrusive thoughts or even what they are, this article may be for you. Let’s open up the can of worms and see what we can learn.
What Is an Intrusive Thought?
On any given day, you experience a continuous flow of thoughts swirling inside your mind. Most of these thoughts occur without your permission. They just happen.
You actually don’t pay much attention to the vast majority of these thoughts. They come and go, and they rarely affect your conscious being.
If you have ever tried a form of meditation, you are probably familiar with the act of noticing your thoughts. Meditation creates awareness, but you still do not engage with those thoughts. You simply sit back and observe.