It’s amazing how much of our time we spend staying ‘inside’ our mind, instead of ‘outside’, living and experiencing what is going on in right in front of us.
The interesting thing about this so-called day dreaming is that so much of it is about something that has already taken place. For sure we cannot change whatever it was that took place, but we go on in our minds of thinking about it – ‘How it happened – Why it happened – What I should have said or shouldn’t have said – Who or what was the cause of it (whether it was good or bad) – What’s going to happen now – How should I react, say or do – the mind goes on creating endless scenarios. The funny thing is, that whatever happens next, it’s a good chance it will be anything but any of the thoughts we conceived.
I once wrote that the ‘mind’ is like a puppy at the end of the leash. It pulls and pulls in every which direction. It doesn’t as a rule know where it wants to go, but it keeps pulling away at the leash. The ‘mind’ as it turns out, is no different. Just like the puppy, it pulls our thoughts here there and anywhere it wants to at its own whim. The problem with this, compared to the puppy, is that the puppy doesn’t have an effect upon our experience and emotions. The mind though, has the ability to cause our emotions run up and down. When our emotions start running rampant, our entire experience of life for that moment, hour, day or longer, can be totally affected (not to mention our relationships and decisions). Too many times it’s not in a positive way either.
What if you had a machine that could totally control your life? The things you would do. How you would react to others. How you would react to the constantly daily changing events that take place to you. This machine could dominate almost every factor in your decision making. It could actually decide if you should be ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Mad’, ‘Irritated’ (now that’s a big one – how many times a day do you get irritate?), ‘Excited’, ‘Pleased’, ‘Disappointed’, etc. Imagine if you could set this machine to anywhere on the dial you wanted to? Hmmmmmmm! ‘Happy’ seems like a nice place to put it on, or wherever you please to set it. To make this machine an even more perfect invention, you could set it up so that you could change the settings anytime and to any other setting you chose to.
Amazing as it seems, there actually is such a machine. It’s free, no cost and you are already in possession of this piece of equipment. I’m sure by now you guessed it – It’s called your mind.
Just like the puppy that you train to walk when you want it to walk, run when you want it to run and sit when you want it to sit, the mind too has to be trained. It cannot run off random thoughts at its own will. It must be trained to think when you need it to think and stay quiet when you want it to shut up.
Thinking about what lies in front of us is one thing, even though we know it’s always going to be different from what we are thinking. Thinking about a past event – Whoa!
I love the following story:
Two monks were walking thru the woods when they came across a woman that could not cross the river in front of them. One of the monks picked her up and carried her across the river and put her down on the other side. The two monks then continued on their way back to their monastery. When they reached it, the other monk said to the one that carried the woman across the river – We’re not supposed to have anything to do with women, yet you picked her up and carried across the river To which the other monk replied – I left her back at the river. Why are you still carrying her?
A great picture (and book) I highly recommend is ‘The Way of The Peaceful Warrior”. It’s from the book written by Dan Millman, a world champion athlete. The book has been described as one that changes lives. You’ll love the character ‘Socrates’ played by Nick Nolte.
The following two quotes are from a Blog about David Rockefeller who just turned 99 and had his 6th heart transplant:
“People often ask me this question and I always answer the same thing: Love life. Live a simple life, play with your kids, enjoy the things you have, spend time with good loyal friends”
“I’ve made a lot of money in my life, but I’ve given most of it away. There is no point in having if you can’t share”.
It’s MY LIFE and MY COUNTRY & I want it, is the name
of the game.
‘It’s My Money & I Want It!’ is the name of my book.
Learn to stand up for yourself and not be
intimidated by the corporations
Harris Glasser – Author, Lecturer, Business &
Personal Consultant, Debt Settling
www.HarrisHelps.org “It’s My Money & I Want It!”
(More next week)