This week I have continually being brought back to the idea that I need to consider what thoughts I am entertaining in my mind. The good, positive or constructive thoughts generally contribute to a feeling of happiness. However, thoughts of comparison, negative and selfishness tend to either spiral into further non-constructive thoughts and tend to result in feelings which are not uplifting. If left to continue the downward spiral the eventual outcome is a state of depression. Now the problem is getting out of the mess. Easier said than done.
In reflecting on why I cannot just change my thoughts I have come to the realisation that I have certain thought patterns which I have gathered, mostly unconsciously, over the course of my life. Well at this stage it is 56 years and they are thoughts which were meant to be for my good and not to do me harm. OK some are thoughts I have chosen to entertain and make part of me but most I have head very little control over, especially in my youth and in the society / environment I grew up in. These were thoughts that were accepted as just the way things were especially when we were young.
There is one particular response I have come across in society on occasion when a parent tells their child “you are stupid” or “you will never amount to much”. The view I have on this matter that is that it can have a negative impact on the child. What I never consider was what other beliefs are communicated to our children that may be having limiting consequences.
Now reading Haanel and realising that my conscious mind is the “the watchman at the gate” of the great subconscious domain I have realised that I need to take far better care of what I allow to become part of my subconscious mind by guarding what thoughts I entertain in my conscious mind.
Not long after reading this section from Haanel I came across this picture which captures the action I need to take going forward.
You’d never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind?
I MUST NEVER ALLOW THOUGHTS THAT STEAL MY JOY TO MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME IN MY MIND.