Mind Training – Our thoughts tell a story


Day 30: If we have not done so before or we have not been disciplined, when we sit to meditate or go within, or to train the mind, naturally thoughts will arise. Because we are thinking creatures, we are always thinking, and so when we sit and seek to bring the mind into silence or into focus, then those thoughts may arise, that we have given free reign to in our space.

Are they just random thoughts, having no real power but just occupying the mind? Then we need to learn how to deal with these thoughts. As we said yesterday we can use a sacred word in repetition, to lessen the thoughts and to go deeper inside. But if these thoughts arise within, and they are not just random thoughts, they disturb our state of  mental well-being, then we need to look carefully at them.

Are these thoughts based on fear of something? Are these thoughts based on anxiety, impatience? Are these thoughts based on attachment – that we are attached to something, that we cannot stop thinking about? Are these thoughts based on lack of forgiveness? Are these thoughts based on vengeance – that we want to get back at someone? Are these thoughts based on hate? Are these thoughts based on disease in the body? What are these thoughts based on?

When these thoughts disturb us to the extent that when we sit to meditate, we cannot remove them from the mind, then we need to give attention to them using the power of our intellect. Is it a call from our soul to manifest a higher quality? Is it a call to manifest forgiveness? Is it a call to manifest charity? Is it a call to manifest understanding, patience, kindness, compassion? Is it a call from our soul to manifest these qualities, and we are resisting that call? Right there, the answers are. We seek complex answers, and we seek out those who will tell us what we want to hear, but are we ready for the truth?

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