Everyone knows this experience: You hear a pop song playing as you browse the aisles of a department store, and don’t think much of it. Later on that day, your internal radio is blasting with that tune. It’s stuck in your head.
If you’re in a sour mood at that moment, you may find the tune unbearable. You may seek out something to distract you from it—another song, a TV show, a conversation with a friend.
This experience seems so ordinary that we consider it a minor annoyance. It seems like a trivial part of life. But from the perspective of mindfulness, this phenomenon points towards something very important:
In a way, there is always a song stuck in your head.
That song is your thoughts.
Have you ever noticed?