The Power Of Mastering Our Mind
Mastering our thoughts can be one of the most complex yet most rewarding tools for experiencing truly fulfilling lives. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that it’s possible to be the master of your own mind, but how often do we implement our phenomenal power to do so?
As a business women and mother, I find I don’t have the quality and quiet time to be at one in my mind. The quality of our thoughts determines the quality of our lives. That’s how important that we encourage a disciplined mindset towards monitoring our thoughts and making sure we’re planting roses in our gardens of life, rather than toxins.
“Our life is the creation of our mind,” according to Buddhist scripture. Buddhist philosophy developed an entire science of training the unruly mind to help anyone overcome its constant fluctuations to achieve stillness and enlightenment. Many of us spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy, not to mention money, taking care of our bodies and trying to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best. But when it comes to the mind, less attention is paid to this amazing, complex human asset.
Taking care of the mind can come as an afterthought, and often we think of the mind as something outside of our control. Here are a few key aspects to help us get started in taking care of our minds.
1. Pursue Meaning Over Pleasure
Not all happiness is created equal, and in our own pursuit of joy and bliss, keep in mind that the type of happiness we are after can make all the difference to our lives.
2. Consider Reading Our Mind’s Daily Greens
Simply reading a book can lower stress levels, help us sleep better, and keep our brain sharp. I have found that reading a book with a follow-up series helps stimulate the mind which in return puts the mind in a relaxed state, which also can lower stress
3. Sweating the Small Stuff is One of the Most Toxic Things We Can do to Our Minds
Not only can it take over your thoughts, but dwelling on what is beyond your control has been shown to be a contributing factor in the development of depression.
4. Constant Digital Distractions can Take a Toll on the Mind
Over-reliance on technology has been linked with increased stress levels, reduced focus and productivity, stunted creativity, and poor sleep quality. A digital detox is almost like a reboot for your brain and your soul.
5. Want to Wire Your Brain for Happiness?
We can start by savoring those tiny moments of joy in our day, whether it’s the smell of fresh coffee or a smile from a loved one. Lingering on the positive improves the encoding of passing mental states into lasting neural traits.
One of the best ways to empower ourselves is to be self-possessed and control ourselves.
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