“If you realized just how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
When was the last time that you were truly aware of your thoughts? Actually noticed them for what they were and sought to understand them?
Thoughts are more important in our lives than most of us realize. Many of us have not come to understand just how impactful they are, and that we have power over them to change and shape them. As Buddha once said, “we are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” It is true, that self-discipline begins with the mastery of our thoughts. If we do not control what we think, we cannot control what we do.
Thought conditions all our actions. Thought can organize, begin, invent, create. It forever makes images and causes us to chase our own tail. Thought is the breeder of duality in all our relationships - it can sustain and give continuity to a pleasure that we had yesterday, but it also sustains pain. Thought is active, chattering, moving, constructing, assuming. It gives continuity to feelings and emotions and is clever and cunning – distorting everything for its own convenience. Thought has the power to create beauty and happiness, but when we are not in control, it likes to create fear and anxiety, jealousy and anger.
When we do not control our thoughts, we become slave to them. These thoughts slowly but surely become ideas that are accumulated as memories in our brain cells, which then become our beliefs, even if they are not true. And then, our beliefs change the world as we share with others. Our beliefs become engrained in writing, speech and collective memory until an entire society is conditioned by these ideas that began as a small thought that we did not control.
To shape our lives well, to experience true happiness and to have any original thought, we must learn what kinds of thoughts to apply to our daily lives. We must look at our thoughts with care, logic and awareness, seeking to filter out the thoughts that have no significance and those that do not benefit or uplift. We must also seek to understand the complex structure of thinking, memory, how thought originates and how thought conditions all our actions. Unless we actively seek to understand our thoughts, we cannot begin to control our lives or recognize something much deeper within ourselves which thought cannot touch.
At the Happyness Center our main aim is to help you develop mindfulness and deeper awareness of your inner self. Our desire is to help you to learn to see yourself in silent observation and enquiry, rather than through the lens of the noisy outer world.
We invite you to join us for our Monthly Meditation on Sunday November 24th, as we explore and discuss how to become aware of our thoughts and their impact on our lives, and how to apply the right kinds of thoughts in our day to day experiences.
We all lead busy lives, and meditation can help us relax and renew. We will share, learn, and practice together. Group meditations has many advantages that can reinforce our desires of daily practice that inspires us and others.