When thinking about mindfulness, many people picture thoughts as clouds passing by, or a leaf floating by on a stream of water, or as cars passing by at various speeds, some safe, some unsafe.
Sometimes though, those thoughts seem to pass by, only to circle back around again. And again. And again. . .
Being mindful of those moments is also helpful since the thoughts that come back around usually come back for a reason. It is the same mindfulness practice of simply noticing what is happening that will help you identify why the thought is circling back around.
And just like a carousel, you can grab on and get taken for a ride. So, just watch the carousel from a safe distance, notice what it is trying to show you. And if you do find yourself being taken for a ride, just step off and notice what is.