Quote of the day
“Mastering Others Is Strength. Mastering Yourself Is True Power”- Lao Tzu
Thought of the day – How To Master Your Mind
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha
Unless you learn to be the master of your mind, you will never find the peace of mind that you so dearly want. The mind is an amazing tool, but just like with any tool you need to learn to use it. The mind is a great servant but a horrible master. Many come to think that their mind is something they cannot control, but with proper discipline you will prove to yourself that this is untrue. There is one law of the mind; this law is that whatever you pay attention to is what you become conscious of. So if you never really pay any attention to how your mind works, you will never have conscious control over it. Once you begin to try and understand and pay attention to your mind, you come to see its positive and negative tendencies. You come to realize that your identity is not your thoughts and mind, your true nature is beyond that. You realize that you are pure consciousness and not what your consciousness had identified itself with (thoughts and mind). This is why people who are not aware of this, their life experience is determined by the quality of thoughts they have. People who are not conscious of their thoughts will just keep recycling the same internal dialogue. If you constantly have thoughts of worry and anxiety, your mind will be robbed of its vital energy. The quality of your mind is determined by the quality of your thoughts you must learn to consciously choose which thoughts you allow into your mind. On average we have 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts that run through our mind. If you really pay attention you will see that about 95% of those thoughts are thoughts that you had from the day before. This will help you realize that how you think is simply a function of habit and conditioning. If you are always worrying this is simply from a negative thinking habit. Reality reflects back to you what you think commonly, change your common thought, and change your life. You just need to take full responsibility and understand that mind management is essential to life management. Here is the amazing thing about being conscious human being, you have free will. You are the one who ultimately gets to decide what you pay attention to. The problem is that if you are not the master of your mind, your current mental habits will be the one to choose. In all circumstances your free will boils down to what you choose to pay attention to. Learn to watch at all times where your mind is placing its attention. If you find that it is not conducive to your growth, change it. The more you do this the stronger your will power will become. You will have the power to direct your mind towards your intention. When you know your personal intent, it helps you stay centered and lets you know when you are not centered.
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Joke of the day
During a visit to the mental asylum, Guy asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
‘Well,’ said the Director, ‘we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.’
‘Oh, I understand,’ said Guy. ‘A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or teacup.
‘No.’ said the Director, ‘A normal person would pull the plug. (Pause.)
… Guy, do you want a bed near the window?’
Have a great week ahead!