Not seeing thoughts as simple phenomena
When you relate to thoughts obsessively, you are actually feeding them because thoughts need your attention to survive. Once you begin to pay attention to them and categorize them, then they become very powerful. You are feeding them energy because you are not seeing them as simple phenomena. If one tries to quiet them down, that is another way of feeding them.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book “The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation”