There’s a seemingly ineradicable myth with regards to our relationship with the mind – reinforced by some obvious misunderstandings amongst yogis and meditators. Many believe that they should be able to control their mind. If they just work hard enough on themselves, that the mind could be brought under control, and therewith their happiness would be somewhat guaranteed.
This is exactly what doesn’t work, and it is also not the aim of spiritual practice.
The more effective approach is: allow your mind to present whatever it wants, don’t try to control it. Instead control how you deal with its input! Because whether you react to your thoughts in an emotional, impulsive, victimrole-like manner, or respond in a calm and conscious way, is solely up to you. Through your free will and your choice you can decide to master your reactions.
Thoughts and emotions come and go. They are like clouds. You are the sky.
Our mind is a useful tool, not our enemy. However, it is also a kind of psychic sponge that absorbs unfiltered lots of data from our ancestral and collective fields. Oftentimes nonsense which we blindly accept as ours and don’t even question.
Whatever thoughts your mind presents to you – mostly indeed judgements, doubts, fears, desires, memories, assumptions or comments – let them be and let them go – just observe. Don’t attach yourself or put any energy into them and create a whole story. Let go and choose to align to loving, constructive and creative thoughts.
You can’t control your mind, but you can control how you handle its impulses – its moods, quirks and caprices.
And be assured that when you continue to liberate your system from emotional and energetic debris, on conscious and subconscious levels, then your “mind productions” will naturally become purer and more potent.
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