When people talk about witnessing or experiencing an emotional event, they say it “tugs on your heartstrings.”
I wonder what you call it when something affects your mind; makes you think; reconsider? Somehow, “tugging on your headstrings,” doesn’t seem to work.
I “rein in” my thoughts – that involves strings of a sort, but I can also “rein in” my heart. This train of thought really isn’t helping.
These are the kinds of weird distractions that often keep my mind busy. These thoughts go on in the background of my mind, even when I am thinking about something else – like multitasking in my head.