The mind is inclined to protect itself, but an attitude of defensiveness easily breeds anxiety. Out of caution, we fixate on uncertain information and create stories that can lead to unnecessary fear and mental tension. Taking a moment to notice when we are jumping to conclusions can save us from worry and grief.
Through self-awareness, we can begin to notice when we are over thinking. The simple act of bringing our awareness out of the mental clutter of unreliable thoughts and back into the present moment can preserve our energy and decrease the friction we feel.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with protecting oneself, but it is helpful to observe how often we take a defensive stance. If we are only ever defensive, we are surely getting in the way of our inner peace
~ Yung Pueblo, Clarity & Connection, p. 36