In a sales meeting:
“Boy, his tie is nice, really goes well with that shirt. Maybe I should get a tie like that? Ok, I’ll go to Macy’s but last time I went to Macy’s I couldn’t park and then I got a dent. Of course it was nothing like the dent my kid put in the car. $596 and, of course, I have a $500 deductible. I love my kid, but gee whiz and this new girlfriend? Nice, girls didn’t look like that when I was… Oh, the meeting, he has a raspy voice, it’s driving me crazy. I’m glad I don’t have a raspy voice. Or do I? I mean I really can’t sing. Maybe I ought to tape myself talking…”
We are the victims of our minds, we hop on one thought, abandon it for another and then go all the way down the block with that one until another comes along. We spend the majority of our thoughts remembering things that happened and worrying about what we’ll do next. Who is doing this thinking? If you don’t control your thoughts, who does? What is the remedy for a runaway brain? When do stop reacting to impulses and begin to actually think?
How much of our daily activity is done to ignore what is going on in our mind? Do you keep a radio on “for the noise”? Do you have a drink now and then to calm down? Do you stay busy to keep from visiting your busy brain? There is a reason it is called “mindless” chatter. Your train of thought can run out of control if you let it, reeking havoc as it runs off the tracks.
The Buddha, an individual who knew the mind far better than most of us, put it this way: “Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse .”
By getting control of your mind, you can become a stronger, more successful and more creative person. It requires effort, study and daily practice. If you can get quiet and begin to think of your thoughts as ships passing you buy on a great river, you will learn that you don’t have to get on all of them, you can let them pass. Who is this that watches your thoughts? It is YOU. The real you, the person who selects thoughts, the voice in your head that observes you is the real you, you should get to know you.
I’m going to be spending some time in prayer and meditation getting to know ME this week, in preparation for the New Year. I’ll let you know what I learn.
“Whatever a mother, father or other relative might do for you, the well-directed mind can do for you even better.”