You are not your mind:
Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we simply assume that we are our thoughts. When we separate ourselves from our thoughts, it becomes easy to see the flaws and shortcomings of our thought process. It also gives us the opportunity to clearly see what is wrong with our thinking patterns, and change them if we want to. We all know we can alter or remake a bad cup of coffee into a better one because we are not that cup of coffee. Similarly, we can alter and change our minds because we are not our minds.
The way to separate ourselves from our minds is to keenly observe our thought process moment to moment. When we stop assuming that our thought process is there to support our desires and goals, we can become critical of our thinking process and observe what is happening moment to moment.; we can begin to observe our thoughts and stop assuming that our thinking is always right. This makes it extremely easy to identify negative and irrelevant thinking patterns and eventually change them into positive and useful ones.
“The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds.”
After all, the secret to our success and happiness is hidden in our own thought process. What we think, we become. We are nothing but the end result of our continuous thought processes. If we are not able to identify the mistakes in our thought process, then we will eventually become its victims. That being said, there is no point in blaming ourselves for our ineffective thinking. It is better to watch our thoughts regularly in order to make the necessary changes, and to point them in the right direction.
Additionally, dealing with our thoughts is like dealing with a mob. It is extremely difficult to control a mob and direct it towards a certain purpose. We need to have a strong understanding of what we really want, before directing this collective mob of thought processes. If we ourselves are not sure about what we want, then it is impossible to have control over our thoughts.
Practices like mindfulness and meditation make a huge difference to the quality of one’s living. When we spend some time every day to sit quiet and watch our thinking patterns, we will be giving ourselves an opportunity to understand how thoughts actually function. Now, why is this important? It is important because it is impossible to solve a problem if we cannot identify it clearly.
Observing our thoughts throughout the day will help us identify our problems. The secret to our happiness is hidden in our thought process. The more we are able to understand our thoughts, the easier it is to bring them under our control. When we can say with absolute certainty that our mind is fully under our control, then it is not that difficult to accomplish something we want, and experience a richer and fuller life.