I feel like I am ruled by my mind and it's illogical behaviour what to do. Thanks

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    Could you explain with more details? – ruben2020 Mar 18 '18 at 17:24

There are several Sutta that deal with this namely;

They are very self explanatory

There is another Sutta that will be helpful -- this one in particular will help understanding the cause of the particular thoughts you are having:

If you want to take it to the next level yet study "the 18 mental explorations" and "the 36 states of attachment", mentioned in this sutta:

These are to be studied and remembered, they are quite easy to understand and i recommend just writing them down. This will be very useful in shedding light on how the mind works in general.

If you are having obsessive thoughts that are making you restless you might also consider these things;

  • Settling your quarrels

  • Avoiding restless people & seeking out calm people

  • Practice not getting involved in conflicts

  • Practice restraint of speech leading to much discussion

  • Lower your expectation in regards to being liked or being attended to properly by others

Training supportive mediations such as ie Metta, even if done very briefly will snowball and be of great benefit.

Mindfulness is always useful.


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  • Thank you for answering. Incidentally the last list is formatted as a block quote (using >) but I guess it's your own words, your own advice or paraphrase (not a direct quote i.e. not a copy-and-paste from an external reference), so IMO it would be clearer without the >. – ChrisW Mar 18 '18 at 15:12
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    "settling quarrels...lowering expectations" is from the commentary to Maha-Satipatthana Sutta, the rest is Non-Conflict Sutta and Nodding Sutta, i paraphrased only. Thanks for editing. – sigh... Mar 18 '18 at 18:41

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