I had a wonderful lunch with my friend in Helsinki on Sunday.
While his description of the movie has excited me to watch it, (I have also seen the book in the airport book stands recently), what prompted me to write this blog is the quote “Choose your thoughts the way you choose your clothes” from the movie.
Do we ever choose bad clothes? Of course not.
True, sometimes we make mistakes and buy ill-fitting clothes, cheap clothes, flashy clothes that does not suit our persona. However, the general tendency is to buy clothes that we can carry off well, isn’t it? Putting it broadly, we always choose “good clothes”.
Life is too short to waste our time thinking about useless things. Let us choose our thoughts carefully.
Our thoughts are like a veneer. If you wear yellow colored tinted glasses, you would end up seeing yellow color everywhere.
Similarly if we have thoughts that are negative thoughts, these have a way for sure to manifest themselves. Likewise, if we choose positive thoughts, these have a way for sure to manifest themselves.
It does not make any logical sense to me to think negative thoughts as much as choosing bad clothes!
Even if we choose bad clothes, I am sure we discard them pretty quickly (like I did when I bought a pair of jeans in Boston in May, only to wear them once and give it away:-)). How about discarding our bad thoughts?
How can we do it?
Just as an athlete trains his muscles, a pianist trains his fingers, a painter trains his hands, a student trains himself by studying the subject, a doctor trains by practising, we can all exercise our “thinking” muscles to think good thoughts and discard negative thoughts.
It’s ultimately a matter of practice.
Perhaps I can offer a suggestion here:
Spend 5 minutes a day in silence, with your eyes closed. Just observe your thoughts. Don’t react.
However, just before you start your”silence practice”, say a small prayer – “I should have the strength to choose only good, altruistic thoughts, and have the strength to ignore the negative, divisive thoughts that may come to my mind.”
I think it would work. Try it.
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