When we work hard, day after day, we start thinking about work even when we’re away from it. There are many reasons why this happens, while one of the major ones is – quick impulsive decisions don’t consume our mind, while more challenging ones can turn our everyday life a nightmare.
Similarly whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation or stand face to face against a major challenge, your brain registers a negative emotion — in many cases, this can either be fear, anger, sorrow, frustration or envy. These negative emotions narrow your mind towards escaping, avoiding, procrastinating or anything else to drive you away from confrontation. This is part of the human instinct when in survival mode. However, the problem is that your brain is still programmed to respond to negative emotions in the same way by shutting off the outside world and limiting the options you see around you.
For example, when someone insults you, your anger might consume you to the point where you can’t think of anything else. Or, you have a few deadlines today, you procrastinate everything till the last moment because you’re paralyzed by how long your to-do list has become. Or, you feel bas because of not hitting the gym today and all you can think about is how little willpower you have, and how you’re not driven.
In each case, your mind focusses on the negative emotions — it prevents you from seeing other options and choices around you.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.Lord Buddha
Controlling the mind begins with the mastery of controlling one’s thoughts. If you can’t control your thoughts, you can’t control your actions. Our thoughts are so powerful that they are capable of turning a dream into reality. They are mixed baggage of our past, emotions, and fear. Our thoughts create our days, our life, decides our vibes, and triggers our feelings and behavior. Our mind is a multi-dimensional consciousness and thus it becomes important to mold our thoughts and point its attention in a particular positive direction to achieve peace of mind. Learning how to control your mind begins with the realization that the solution lies within us only.
When by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my ‘mind’s eye’ flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head!