Spacious mind

Most of our suffering comes from habitual thinking. If we try to stop it out of aversion to thinking, we can’t; we just go on and on and on. So the important thing is not to get rid of thought, but to understand it. And we do this by concentrating on the space in the mind, rather than on the thought.

– Ajahn Sumedho, “Noticing Space”

Points to a glitch in trad. CBT models: if we’re thinking “I mustn’t think like that”, then we are doing! Mindfulness informed approaches, like ACT, foster a spaciousness around thinking which allows the “observer of thoughts” to stay in the driver’s seat – rather than the thoughts getting a swervy grip on the wheel