“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha
Mastering Your Mind
Unless you learn to be the master of your mind, you will never find the peace of mind that you so dearly want. The mind is an amazing tool, but just like with any tool you need to learn to use it. The mind is a great servant but a horrible master. Many come to think that their mind is something they cannot control, but with proper discipline you will prove to your self that this is untrue.
There is one law of the mind, this law is that whatever you pay attention to is what you become conscious of. So if you never really pay any attention to how your mind works, you will never have conscious control over it. Once you begin to try and understand and pay attention to your mind, you come to see its positive and negative tendencies. You come to realize that your identity is not your thoughts and mind, your true nature is beyond that.
You realize that you are pure consciousness and not what your consciousness had identified itself with (thoughts and mind). This is why people who are not aware of this, their life experience is determined by the quality of thoughts they have. People who are not conscious of their thoughts will just keep recycling the same internal dialogue. If you constantly have thoughts of worry and anxiety, your mind will be robbed of its vital energy.
The Quality of Your Mind Is Determined by The Quality of Your Thoughts
You must learn to consciously choose which thoughts you allow into your mind. On average we have 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts that run through our mind. If you really pay attention you will see that about 95% of those thoughts are thoughts that you had from the day before. This will help you realize that how you think is simply a function of habit and conditioning. If you are always worrying this is simply from a negative thinking habit. Reality reflects back to you what you think commonly, change your common thought, and change your life.
You just need to take full responsibility and understand that mind management is essential to life management. Here is the amazing thing about being conscious human being, you have free will. You are the one who ultimately gets to decide what you pay attention to. The problem is that if you are not the master of your mind, your current mental habits will be the one to choose.
In all circumstances your free will boils down to what you choose to pay attention to. Learn to watch at all times where your mind is placing its attention. If you find that it is not conducive to your growth, change it. The more you do this the stronger your will power will become. You will have the power to direct your mind towards your intention. When you know your personal intent, it helps you stay centered and lets you know when you are not centered.
Cultivate Your Mind
The way you think stems from habit, so your mental mastery will come from the conditioning you give it. No matter what happens in your life, you alone have the power to choose how you respond to it. Learn to form the mental habit of looking for the positive in every experience you have. This will develop the habit that will allow you to overcome challenges and support your inner growth.
Just remember that in life there are no mistakes only lessons. Learn not to judge situations as either good or bad, but just as a learning experience. If you truly learn from it you will not commit the same thing you label as a mistake. If you keep committing the same mistake you will know you have really not learned from the experience. You are still allowing your old ways of thinking dictate how you act in a given situation.
Techniques On How To Master Your Mind To Get Rid of Worry and Anxiety
1. Concentrate on an object: Pick an object that you will use for your daily ritual. As an example you can use a flower or a statue. Everyday take some time to just observe it. Learn to keep your minds attention only on the object. Notice everything you can about it. When your mind wonders off and thinks of something else bring your attention back to the object.
Your goal here is to each day be able to increase the time you are able to concentrate solely on the object with out deviation from it. At first this will be very difficult for many. Don’t get discouraged just realize that the more you exercise the easier it will get. This is a mental exercise for your mind. Just like with your body if you don’t exercise the mind it becomes lazy and unfocused.
You either control your mind or it controls you. Once you have the power to concentrate through your will power, you will be able to banish the thoughts of worry. As soon as you notice negative thoughts bubble up within you, you will have the power to refocus your attention on thoughts that will better serve you.
2. Opposition thinking: By nature the way that our brains are wired, we are only able to focus on one thought at a time. Learn watch every negative thought that comes into your mind. Before you give any power to it, unclutch from it and replace it with an opposite positive thought. Learn to mother good thoughts. Carry a notebook with you, each time you become aware of your negative thinking, write it down. This will simply be a friendly reminder of how many negative thoughts you had in a day.
Take the Time to reflect on your day: Every night make it a habit of running through your day in your mind. What was the general theme? How were you thinking? How did this influence your day and ultimately your interpretation of it? This is very important because if we don’t take the time to analyze our thinking we will not be conscious of any problems and then make the appropriate changes.
3. Magnetic Visualization: the difference between your imagination and visualization is this, in visualization you can see it in your mind, but in your heart you also believe it is possible. Take out the list of all the negative thoughts you had for the day. What was the opposite positive thought to counteract it? Now visualize that thought in the theater of your mind, live it out in as much detail as possible. If you had a sad thought and than replaced it with a happy thought, mentally see how you act and feel when you are truly happy. What kind of things do you do? What kind of energy do you feel?
Try to really live it in your mind. Your mind thinks in pictures, your goal is to get your thoughts in alignment with your positive mental slide show. Your mental pictures serve as a target; remember that without a target we can’t focus our energies towards a specific outcome. When we can clearly see it in our mind, we will find a way to bring about its fulfillment.
The best times to visualize are when you wake up in the morning and are in a drowsy state. Don’t wake up fully, stay in this drowsy state where your brain is on a slower Alpha wave length. In this state you are able to impregnate your subconscious mind directly with your visualization. Do this each morning and see how your visualization affects your day. Did this influence the theme of your day? I think you will have many lovely surprises from this technique.
4. Daily Meditation: Make it a habit to mediate once in the morning and before going to sleep. Mediation will help you develop a calm mind. It will help you become a witness to your inner world. It will help you to dis identify yourself from your thoughts and mind and allow you to question all your thoughts.
Practice these techniques without fail for one month, one month should be enough to make it a habit. If you skip a day, start all over. Making this commitment to yourself will yield amazing results.
How Mastering Your Mind Will Create Your Destiny
Once you are able to direct where you place your minds attention through your free will, you will be able to concentrate all your energies on one task at a time, until you see it to completion. Through your mental habit of opposition thinking you will be able to maintain a positive mindset. It will direct your attitude and ultimately how you respond to situations and decisions that shape your life. Through your magnetic visualization each time you summon a positive thought, in your minds eye you will see it in its entirety and keep you focused on your target.
So the secret of your happiness is to find what you truly love to do and then direct your mind’s focused concentrated energy to its attainment. I am sure you see how important it is to learn how to master your mind. Once you are able to direct your mind you are able to direct the path you take in life.
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