"Even though the thoughts we have are all just random thoughts and moods flashing through the mind, we take them as 'me' and 'mine'. And either we are fascinated by them and we create a whole story, or we get fed up with them and want to get rid of them. So we're always in a struggle. But it's the reaching out with 'me' and 'mine' which creates the basis for the sticky quality of experience. If it is just seen as another ephemeral inconsequential mind moment, as a thought arising and passing away, the mind is left unshaken and clear. It doesn't have that sense of 'me' and 'mine'."
-Ajahn Pasanno (from "A Dhamma Compass")