I’m a fan of what’s known as: The Work of Byron Katie. Katie, as she’s know to the people who love and admire her, because she has some pretty powerful and life changing concepts. Below are the four questions that she developed that have helped people worldwide (even Oprah!) to lead lives with less suffering because of their thoughts. These questions provide a simple system for freeing ourselves from our painful repetitive thinking. When you write down your stressful thoughts, then follow with answering these four questions, it becomes possible to find peace. I invite everyone to give this process a try and you can do so for free here: http://thework.com/en/do-work#questions
#1: Is it true? (Yes or no. If no move to 3.)
#2: Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
#3: How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
#4: Who would you be without the thought?
The Turnaround: Turn around the concept you just questioned. Here is your opportunity to experience the opposite of what you originally believed.
http://thework.com is where you will find all the instructions to take your own “inventory” as it’s referred to. I can’t say enough about how much I’ve benefited from this simple exercise.
I signed up for a workshop at http://kripalu.org , in Stockbridge, MA a few years back and had a chance to speak to Katie directly. I can tell you that looking into her enlightened and happy sparking eyes, was something I will always cherish and never forget. This women is incredible and has helped millions of people with her wisdom.
Her books include:
Loving What Is . A Thousand Names For Joy . Who Would You Be Without Your Story . Question Your Thinking Change The World . A Friendly Universe: Sayings to Inspire and Challenge . I Need Your Love – is That True?
Here are some of my favorites quotes from Katie~
~”When I’m perfectly clear, what is IS what I want.”
~”Is is true? Can you absolutely know that it’s true? How do you react when you believe the thought? Who would you be without the thought?”
~ (My favorite)” When I argue with reality, I lose~ but only 100% of the time.”
~”Arguing with reality is like teaching a cat to bark-hopeless.”
~I don’t let go of concepts-I question them and then they let go of me.”
I hope you find peace, as well as a sense of relief from any troubling situation or thought, from this beautiful and supportive practice.