DYNAMIC YOUTH Editor’s letter – April 2011
CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS
Dear Youth of the World,
There is a marked difference between the western approach and the oriental approach in the seriousness attached to the emotional and thought processes. Though the study of human mind has received adequate attention both in the West and the East, ancient Indians had attached more importance for evolving mental practices and also in relating the mental processes to day-to-day life. Many modern western thinkers have tried to fill this gap. The advanced thinking of the ancient Indians that had enabled them to appreciate the significance of mental processes is really amazing.
For example, in western thinking ‘intention’ to commit a crime is no offence; only ‘attempt’ to commit a crime is offence. In ancient Indian thinking ‘intention’, to commit a crime, which is only a mental process, deserves punishment.
Thiruvalluvar states that it is harmful even to think of stealing what belongs to others. (உள்ளத்தால் உள்ளலும் தீதே பிறன்பொருளைக் கள்ளத்தால் கள்வேம் எனல் – திருக்குறள் – 282)
Elsewhere he has said that we should not allow those thoughts that would lower self esteem; we should not cultivate friendship with those who would leave us in the lurch. (உள்ளற்க உள்ளம் சிறுகுவ, கொள்ளற்க அல்லற்கண் ஆற்றறுப்பார் நட்பு – திருக்குறள் 798)
When it comes to self-control, we usually think of regulating only our physical actions. In fact it is more important to regulate our mental processes of thoughts and emotions. Thoughts and emotions spur us to physical activities; real control should, therefore, begin at that level.
We can never attain success in anything, if we have not completed the mental preparations needed for it. We can never get any happy experience, unless we have molded our mental attitude properly, so as to attract the happiness we desire.
David R. Hawkins summarizes clearly,1 “Every thought, action, decision or feeling creates an eddy in the interlocking, inter-balancing, ever-moving energy fields of life, leaving a permanent record for all of time. This realization can be intimidating when it first dawns on us, but it becomes a springboard for rapid evolution.”
Emotional development and thought control are not merely the subjects relevant to children. It is important throughout life, and in fact adults have to pay more attention to their thoughts and emotions to lead a successful and happy life. Here, I want to bring the following words of Michael S Parker2 to your special notice:
Once you are aware of the connection that exists between the way you feel and the type of experiences you get in your life, you will be in a very powerful position. If you can find a way to make yourself feel good by directing your thoughts towards subjects that make you feel good, you will be able to attract good feeling experiences into your life…
While the experiences you have in life may not always perfectly match the thoughts you think about on a regular basis, the essence of the thoughts you think about will always be a perfect match to the essence of the experiences that come into your life. The essence of any thought and the essence of any life experience is the way thoughts and experiences make you feel.
As you give your attention to thoughts that make you feel good now, you will start attracting experiences that will make you feel good in the future. Also, if you avoid giving your attention to subjects that make you feel bad, you will have a chance to switch your focus to subjects that make you feel good and improve the essence of the future experiences you will have.
The conscious control of thoughts and emotions is an acquirable skill. It should receive top priority from any person who wants to be successful and happy in life.
Wishing you all the best,
T Joseph Benziger