Our mind creates the world we live in
Does our memory play tricks on us,
creating demons or divinities out of people?
“We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.”
When we are thinking hateful things, lacerating ourselves with the bad things we ‘remember‘ people saying to us; we’re creating a most uncomfortable environment for ourselves (and those who come near us).
Alternatively, when our mind is pure, focussing on the good stuff instead,
“ joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.“
So what do we choose?…
❤ + ☮ = ˚͜˚
“The only way to attain the permanent peace of liberation, is to cultivate and increase our present peaceful minds.“
* the one we’re in now
nb. Our lives can be somewhat complicated, so I guess maybe we could think laterally with this one; applying it whenever we catch our minds diving into those ever decreasing circles?
What thinks you?
I don’t know, but the example conversation given in Ido Lanuel‘s stunning graphic, doesn’t tend to happen with me so much.
I go for the miserable minds revolving round what people could’ve – should’ve told me – but didn’t.
And the lies people tell!
It’s different for everybody of course.
The bee in my bonnet presently is the deceit of Mandy in the café.
I struggle with her lies being mindlessly believed and repeated by others.
Can’t they see how much harm it does?
That example is more contextual than the graphic up there. But the effects are real enough. They make chasms between people, and a myriad of unseen negative effects.
And the conclusion is the same. The events are really only as I remember them; and they don’t exist anywhere but here in my mind.
So the same solution applies – whatever the gripe – we can choose to leave it behind, and choose instead a peaceful mind.
Whatever is is that’s bugging us then,
can be dissolved into peace with mindfulness.
Being alert for that familiar ghost train of thought – and diverting our mind to a positive or neutral thought as soon as we notice it.
(OK, not easy. But practice makes perfect, non? The trick is wanting to.)
The past doesn’t exist because it’s already gone.
The future is yet to come – it hasn’t even happened yet.
The present – each present moment – is basically all we can call our own.
And how soon is that gone too?
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
“You can use your life in a very useful and intelligent way.
You can very well transform that negative energy into a positive energy that empowers you and makes life meaningful.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
This began as a reblog, so the title is Ido Lanuel‘s; but the post ran away with itself! Check out the link for the original piece.
Top quotes by Buddha, via @IdoLanuel,
and @Geshe_Kelsang, both on Twitter
Flower graphic and final quotes via MindBodyLove on Tumblr
(Click on images to make biG)