The Red Pill
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your deeds. Watch your deeds, they become your habit. Watch your habit, they become your character. Watch your character, they become your destiny.”
The foremost thing about thoughts are that they eventually shape who we are.
“It is more difficult to rule over one’s mind than it is to rule over a kingdom.”
The second concept on thoughts is that it is difficult to will the mind to think and not think as we want to work and rest.
Leo Tolstoy belonged to a secret childhood club. In order to join this club, one had to stand in a corner of a room and NOT think of polar bears. Most children could not join the club because the harder they tried to subdue the mind, to not think of the bear, the more active their minds became on the subject. The trick was not to avoid the thought of polar bears but to think of something else.
The third concept on thoughts is that one must have a focus designed to replace the undesired thought. Simply avoiding the undesirable thought will only cause the mind to want it more.
You are free to choose whatever you will contemplate on. You can even think of Coca-Cola; that may be better than whatever ails your mind. However, be warned that you might find yourself thirsty for Coke when you find yourself free from thought.
The last concept on thoughts is that the device used to subdue the mind must be benevolent or, at worst, neutral if undesirable consequences are to be avoided. An easy focus to start is the feeling of love. Think nothing but the sense of loving and being loved.