The stream of thoughts
The stream of our thoughts has enormous power and momentum that can easily drag you along. It is like sitting on a little kayak in the middle of a lethal white river.
Our emotions are like whirlpools in which we are sucked.
Every thought pretends that it is real and matters so much. It wants, not only to draw your attention in completely but also make you slave of it.
When you have a thought, just pay attention to it and decide who is the boss: you or the thoughts. Here again the practice of moment to moment awareness is key.