I have found myself overthinking lately, well, this is actually an overly common cycle I find myself in. Our thoughts, they take over, often times creating situations that don't exist and taking our nervous system along for a ride believing that the situation is actually real. My overthinking got so bad the other day that I actually said to me myself, out loud, "Stop! Just stop!" Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing? We know, no matter what we think meditation is, we will never stop those thoughts. Even Patangali says in the second sutra that yoga is the practice of calming the fluctuations of the mind. The key words there are practice, and calming, not removing completely. I see it as this, just recognize, recognize that you are in that space and that is all they are, illusions, just thoughts, and we are not our thoughts. Redirect. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath.
Picture is from the book When Things Fall Apart - Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön