The Science of Mind Management
As we strive to improve the quality of our experiences, achievements, and relationships, we begin to realize the importance of the mind. It creates our perceptions of happiness and distress. If it goes astray, it robs our inner joy and drags us into a cesspool of miserable thoughts and feelings. But if effectively trained, it becomes our biggest resource of positive attitudes—optimism, contentment, tolerance, determination, and joyfulness. That is why the Vedic scriptures have called it the cause of bondage and liberation.
Most are unaware of this fact, and they struggle with the world, holding it responsible for their woes and despairs. Little do they realize that this is not the only world that exists. There is another one within us; this is the inner world of our own mind. It consists of our desires, attachments, hankerings, lamentations, fears, and aspirations. It influences how we perceive situations in the outer world. Thus, there are two realities: one is the objective reality of the external world and the other is the subjective reality we perceive through the lens of our mind.
In the same external situation, one creates a cheerful reality for herself. Often, people become so obsessed with battling circumstances in their lives that they forget to work on improving their minds. If instead, they applied themselves to overcoming their inner defects and developing noble virtues, they would find an infinitely resourceful and infallibly trustworthy friend within themselves. That is why if we can dedicate even a little of our time to learning the art of managing our mind, we will reap rich dividends in any field of human endeavor where attitudes play a significant role.
We all wish to improve the quality of our life. We want to feel joyful and happy. We desire to think noble and sublime thoughts. We wish to do work that is productive and makes a difference in the world. In short, we all seek to be better human beings. There is an auto-script embedded within us that inspires us to be more perfect—more Godlike. have been insulted! I have been hurt! I have been beaten! I have been robbed! Anger ceases in those who do not harbor such thoughts.” (Dhammapada 1.3)
If someone accidentally throws a stone at us, it may hurt for a few minutes, but by the next day, we would probably have forgotten about it. However, if someone says something unpleasant, it can continue to agitate us for years. And if we can get rid of such thoughts, we experience sublime peace. Given this power of thoughts, where they can guide us down a path of pain and misery for years, it becomes important we spend some time trying to understand them.
What are your thoughts? They are subtle bundles of energy created in the factory of the mind. The atmosphere around us is full of energy waves.
These are not visible to the naked eye. However, if we take a radio and start turning the channel tuner, radio stations appear in quick succession thereby proving their existence. The waves are all there, though we cannot see them. Similarly, thoughts are subtle waves generated by the mind.
Our thoughts impact us in multiple ways. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, author of the best-seller, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,“your body reacts to every thought you have.” In other words, though thoughts are created inside the mind, they work like a chisel on our external physical appearance. This is why we look at someone and remark, “Stay away from him. He seems to be a very angry guy.” Or we look at someone else and say, “She seems like a very simple person. We can rely on her.” In either case, the thoughts we harbor within our mind sculpt our physical appearance.
Thoughts fructify into actions. They are the internal seeds from which all actions spring. It is a very simple principle. Good thoughts fructify into good actions and bad thoughts fructify into bad actions.
The illness is caused not only by viruses and bacteria but also by the negativities harbored in the mind.
Thus, the mere physical cure of a medical condition is not enough. True health requires managing the mind along with taking care of the body.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Unfortunately, in the commotion of life, we often put the management of our mind on a backseat while we passionately pursue external success, not realizing that inner victories are the basis for outer accomplishment
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Excerpts from the book “The Science of Mind Management”, by Swami Mukundananda.
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