I must sleep now…why can’t I stop thinking? I tried very hard last night to stop thinking…Absurd thoughts…why is this dog barking in the middle of the night? Why is this owl hooting so loudly? Are there ghosts around… many are sitting in the yards of our neighbors!
Why this Halloween?
‘Oh its fun’, say the kids.
What’s the fun in scaring others?
‘But the spider you have put at your front door is not at all scary’, says this four-year-old boy of our neighbors.
We show him the ghost we had carved on the pumpkin.
‘Oh its funny’, he says. ‘Its Halloween, you ought to be scary!!’
I direct my thoughts back…why is sleep eluding me today…who told this boy that Halloween is scary… what has Halloween to do with pumpkins…sleep…well, it happens many times, I reassure myself and close my eyes again but thoughts flow on.
Thoughts are like a stream, they keep flowing all the time. They guide, they question and they are judgmental. Many weeds and boulders meet them on the way down and offer assessments, sometimes weird! The only difference is that we can direct the stream of our thoughts and channelize them to be constructive.
Thoughts are very powerful. They create, they shape our lives, they change the world and lead to inventions. A part of our personality is molded by our thoughts. Our happiness and our success depend on the quality of our thoughts.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
― Gautama Buddha
People around us put thoughts into our mind. Society and the environment we grow up in, impel us towards a particular way of thinking.
*A child who grows up in a tribal society has no idea about progressive thoughts.
*Those who grow up in abusive, deprived corners of the world would know nothing about positive thinking.
*Those children who live in closed, orthodox homes don’t even have the right to think. Thoughts are forced down their throats by their parents.
*Those who grow up in affluent homes would not be in a position to think about penury stricken homes.
Right kind of environment, a secure home, free from retrogressive elements and a healthy meal are the pre-requisites for good and positive thoughts.
Negative thoughts dominate our mind. They are more active. Suppose you are in a relationship, the first thought that crosses your mind is, will this person be right and sincere. Will the respect and freedom I am looking for, be mine? Our most trusted confidence in ourselves staggers at such a time.
Positive thoughts are weak, they can be easily snubbed. We need to train our thoughts to be positive; we need encouraging and stimulating home to develop positive thinking. We require a constant motivation to think good thoughts.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Let us shape our destiny with our thoughts. We have to believe that it lies in our mind.
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