If we keep having the same thoughts over and over again, it's usually because we haven't found a way to process them yet.
Reoccurring Thoughts and Problem-Solving
Often, reoccurring thoughts are caused by our brain trying to solve a problem or overcome something that is worrying us.
Unfortunately, there isn't always an easy way of solving the problem - if there was, it wouldn't really be a problem! Sometimes, we have to just come to terms with it, and when that happens, the thoughts will stop, too.
Reoccurring Thoughts and Other People
More often than not, the thoughts we have over and over again are related to the relationships we have with other people, or are caused by things people have said.
For example, if someone says something that upsets you, it's normal to keep thinking about it - especially when they didn't mean to upset you.
Sometimes, you think about what they said so much that you can't even remember it clearly, and end up blowing it up out of proportion.
It's important not to do this, as you're just wasting energy and stressing yourself out over something that might not even have meant anything. If your thoughts keep returning because you're trying to understand the behaviour or words of someone else, the best thing to do is just talk to them about it.
Reoccurring Thoughts and Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine suggests that our stomach digests and processes both our food and our thoughts. If you keep having the same thoughts over and over again, it could be because your Earth energy (associated with the stomach and spleen) is weak.
If your Earth Qi (or energy) is weak, you may find it difficult to look after, love, and care for yourself. You may suffer from any of the following:
- Stomach upset
- Thinking the same thoughts over and over again
- Menstrual problems (for women)
In order to strengthen the energy of your Earth element, you should limit the amount of cold or raw food that you eat, and instead, go for warming, comforting foods that are naturally sweet (stewed fruit or cooked vegetables can be good for this).