So, how has it been? Have you been watching your own mind at work?  Have you been exercising your Observer, i.e., that aspect of mind that watches mind?

 

If our thoughts are at any moment in either the past, the future, fantasy or the present and we can monitor these fluctuations, we begin to notice our habits of mind. We notice that a lot of our thinking is repetitive, especially if there has been an event that upsets us: rather like spinning at the gym, we cycle through the same series of thoughts many times per day.

 

To top this, we tend to follow the same thought patterns whenever old hurts crop up, practically verbatim, year after year. In a society that values productivity this is decidedly unproductive! Why do we do this? 

 

Well, firstly, we may not even be aware of the frequency of these repetitive thoughts. Then, as our self-awareness in the sense of mind management increases, we get to choose our thoughts. Ah, here’s the rub: it’s really hard to give up our repetitive thoughts! We don’t want to! If we are really honest with ourselves, there is pleasure in the pain.

 

Having worked with this for many years now, and often being confronted with my own habits of mind, I have come to realize that the deep-down drama is that it is easier to feel sorry for oneself than to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions.

 

However, I also know the liberation and power that comes with mind management.

Our thinking creates our immediate well-being and our future. The adage is ‘as in mind so in manifestation’. The man-made things we see in the word around us, from products (tangible and virtual) to our legal, political, socio-economic, health and educational systems, were once ideas held in the minds of men. Right now we are birthing innovations, things and ways of being that will characterize the twenty-first century. We are creating legacies in the way we think about relationships.

 

What is the quality of your thinking?  

 

Managing one’s mind is hard work: it’s a discipline, but it’s well worth it!

 

‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’.

King Solomon

‘Empires of the future are empires of the mind’

Winton Churchill

'He who cannot change the very fabric of his thoughts will never be able to change reality and therefore will never make any progress.’ 

Anwar Sadat