Lately, I’ve been committing to a daily mindfulness practice – not just meditating, but doing my best to really notice my thoughts as they arise in everyday life. This helps me more consciously choose the thoughts that I actually believe and act on.
As I watch my thoughts more closely, I’ve been shocked and horrified at how racist, misogynistic, and otherwise prejudiced I – or, my thoughts – can be. Just walking through the grocery store, demeaning thoughts pop into my head without invitation, totally out of my control.
I have a long road ahead de-programming the many unconscious beliefs our society teaches us. I will probably never fully detach myself from them, but I can become more capable of seeing them and choosing a different path.