It was a busy day with several calls for service. In dealing with people it is clear that addiction to thought drives their feelings, emotions and behavior.
I see so much desperation. Even in so-called “normal” people. All are engaged, in varying degrees, of numbing themselves from the pain of separation with all kinds of distraction. Alcohol, drugs, food, work, objects, status, relationships etc. But none are so subtle and pervasive as addiction to thoughts.
So few understand that they have a choice to observe thoughts and choose to engage or ignore.
They talk so much and say so little, mired in stories of who-did-what-to-whom.
I watch from a space that says little and offers much and has no story or history.
Occasionally I need to use a commanding voice. Even then it comes from “that space” and leaves no imprint on it.
My words cannot penetrate their thick cloud of “story”… thought after thought after thought…
Presence and compassion are the best bet.
Another shift tomorrow.