Obsession is the experience of a particular thread of thought and feeling when it is in extremely high rotation in our mind.
Actually this is just an exaggerated case of our “normal” state of mind, in which we fixate on various thoughts and feelings but somewhat more randomly.
When we practice mindfulness we treat all thoughts equally, but it takes discipline to see the more “obsessive” thoughts clearly, label them thinking and come back to our breath. We don’t want to let them go.
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