Think of a thought that has been bothering you. How long has it been there? How often does it arise? Does it hold compassion, or does it hold judgement? Is it helping you or bringing value to your life? If not, does it need to be there? Have you ever questioned or challenged it? How much authority over you does it hold? Who, or what, is giving it that authority? Can you talk to someone about it? What do you think they might say? Have you ever expressed this thought out loud? Could understanding why the thought is there help you to take control of it? Does the thought hold any intrinsic truth, or is it a product of your worries, fears or imagination? What would your life be like without this thought? Would you live more freely? Is there a way you could release it?