You know what kind of thought I am talking about: the intrusive kind, the worry that won’t let go of your mind even at night, after turning off the lights. Everybody has these kinds of obsessive fears. And most everybody makes the same mistake.
‘I don’t want to go there’.
Avoiding emotionally charged thoughts, dismissing them as negative, and trying to think about something positive instead is the most comfortable thing to do. It’s also the most costly thing to do because this part of you who seeks your attention through a persistent thought wants you to do something, and if it fails at getting your attention as a mere thought, it will often succeed by expressing itself through body symptoms, which, when ignored, become chronic.
The hard thing to do is also the wisest: face and inquire into that thought! Give it a voice, say it out loud with words and let the thought move your body to express itself fully. Do this on your own, or in the safe space of a skilled embodied coach. Expressing the thought may give you valuable insights, it will lessen the grip of the emotional charge and it may save you from avoidable chronic illness.
Your wisest action with these nagging little scary thoughts is: face it and embrace it!