Clearing the mind through the sand castles of time.
We may find ourselves waking up in the morning with negative thoughts. They could be about the mistakes we made at work or the unkindness of another or any number of experiences we consider unpleasant. In retrospect we know how self-sabotaging it can be to let our imagination stew with memories that have painfully charged feelings associated to them. How we go about dealing with our internalised dramas will determine our capacity to be fit for the daily challenges of life. Being able to quiet obsession or abating the intensity of ‘automatic negative thoughts’ can be a very useful skill, especially if we need to be fully present to a situation that requires our undivided attention.
However there is another layer to this scenario, namely that which perpetuates the obsession itself, our deep rooted beliefs. For example a part of us may feel that by passively and repeatedly observing disturbing mental content- we will somehow fortify ourselves against future ordeals or some of us may believe they have little control over what their minds think about or we may actually find some gratification in deadening ourselves through distraction so as to avoid responsibilities. In other words there are unconscious factors that drive our behaviour and thinking that also requires attention. To remedy the symptoms is a quick fix in comparison to addressing the source of the sickness. That is why ancient philosophy was considered a healing art and a dialectical means of getting to the heart of the matter.
Now to reveal the fruit by which this prose was brought into formation: It is our erroneous beliefs that are the underlining germ that depletes well-being.
So how can one ascertain the validity and truth of this statement? What makes a belief erroneous? How can an unconscious belief stir up the muddy waters to prevent clarity? Why should we examine our core beliefs? If the large boulders that direct the flow of the river is channelled into barrenness… Correction: If the flow of the river that sustains the community (soul) is being misdirected through man-made boulders (cult/ural barriers), then do we not owe it to ourselves to make things right; to become architects, artists and vessels of the light?
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