Your mind is not separate from the world in which you live. It and the world are one: continuous with one another, two sides of a single coin. For the world is nothing but the contents of your mind writ large. You may know therefore that your mind is both beautiful and sad. Beautiful, because the world is beautiful. Sad, because there is much sadness in the world. So your mind therefore is beautiful by its nature, but sad because there is sadness within it.
Your thoughts may feel like flies to a horse: a bit of a nuisance, coming out of nowhere and having a mind of their own. Of course, many of your thoughts are useful to you. They provide a link between the impetus within that drives you on day by day and the actions you take in the world. They seem to explain you to yourself. But even these thoughts may be deceptive.
The human mind is a beautiful space. Your thoughts are precious. Your thoughts bridge the gap between the seen and unseen worlds. Every thought you have has a creative power. Each one carries energy into the physical world and that energy changes the world.
Much traffic crosses these mental bridges besides those thoughts you consciously generate yourself. Learning to observe this traffic can be of great benefit to you. When you observe with love, your love transforms thoughts as they travel. They become vehicles for love and take that love into the world.
One of the best ways of looking after your mind is to rest it. You live in a world in which a busy mind is normal and a more active mind can seem like a fitter mind. Thoughts wear grooves and habitual thoughts can create deep grooves that may become ruts that are difficult to free yourself from. Resting your mind gives it the opportunity to relax back into its naturally responsive state.
If you are human, you have probably noticed that not all of your thoughts are beautiful, and you might like it if more of them were. So how might that be done? This article suggests an approach you may find useful and several tips or skills that you can use separately or in combination.
Let’s begin by considering what thoughts actually are. Perhaps we could say that there are two kinds of thoughts: thoughts you consciously choose to think, such as ‘What shall I have for dinner tonight?’ and thoughts that just turn up, apparently unbidden, and that you discover yourself in the process of thinking. It is this second category that can seem perplexing and beyond your control. You may not choose to worry about your health, say, but can you find yourself doing it anyway.
The direction of human evolution is to greater consciousness. In this lifetime you may find your consciousness expanding considerably. So if you find yourself concerned about your thoughts and, more generally, the contents of your mind, begin by recognising this concern as part of your evolution, your choice to become more conscious. Enjoy your capacity to generate thoughts; it’s a wonderful ability. You use this ability in many remarkable ways. Recognise the process as a great gift.
[mp3-jplayer tracks=”FEED:/freemeditations/sm2013/sm131017″] Angels seem at once free and bound: free in ways you are not, free as air, and yet bound always to act in accordance with Divine Will. For them, of course, there is no paradox. To align perfectly with Divine Will is also to align with bliss, and their free choice is always […]