What is the first thing you think without having a subject to think about? Where does the mind go? If you are like most people we begins to focus on things from your past. And when I say past that could be from when your child or moments ago. 100% of the time we are in some sort of state. Be that angry or happy with a multitude of other states. We will be thinking of a thought 100% of the time. Even with meditation it is virtually impossible to get away from thought.
The question is what is thought? and how does it affect my state of mind? The answer is – most of our thoughts are automatic they are triggered by the experiences of a moment in time. Captured and stored in your brain for our future use. The smells, the tastes the sounds the sights and the feeling. Each trigger will manifest a new state instantaneously without hesitation. You will then immediately feel happiness or sadness depending on the focus of your moment.
We must become aware of each experience in order to develop a state of mind that gives us the ability for achievement, happiness and purpose. It seems like most of humans are focused on negative experiences/thoughts. Meaning that humanity tends to focus on the pain they felt in the past. Pain meaning humiliation, guilt, shame to name a few. These painful experiences remain with us all our life. While physical pain and the memory of physical pain is quickly forgotten.
When a negative feeling arises it affects our state of mind immediately. Here are a few thoughts or experiences that generate negative feelings- guilt, shame and humiliation. We all have with us a seemingly endless list of experiences to which negative feelings immediately affect our state of mind. If we focused on positive feelings there would be no need for writings like this.
The act of reacting to our negative state, is the precise moment depression, anger and frustration arise. Most of us will have the need to remove ourselves from this state of mind. We will use mind altering destructive poisons. We are simply looking for the quickest and most effective way to change our negative feelings. No one wants to have negative feelings which caused the shameful state, guilty state, or humiliated state of mind. (identify your tools to develop instantaneous state change) e.q. Drugs, alcohol, abuse to yourself or others.
Humanity is designed to experience life. That’s it! there is nothing more we were specifically meant to do. However through the experiences of life we discover our likes and our dislikes. Each person has a unique physical and mental makeup. Each human that walks this earth has a unique one-of-a-kind brain. And with that one-of-a-kind unique brain you will have strengths and weakness. Through our experiences we developed our likes and dislikes. As Tony Robin puts it our pain and our pleasure. Some of us find pleasurable that which others find painful. And vice versa. There are common threads between all humanity such as spiders to which most people fear, or heights to which a large percentage of people fear. Some people love to run marathons they find it very pleasurable to do so. And some people find it in incredibly hard and painful to run a marathon. Would you agree that those are opposing likes and dislikes? Think of what annoys you about others. You will find that in most cases it is because they have different likes and different dislikes then you. We tend to gravitate to those that have the same interests as we ourselves have.
Back to the question “what is thought”? Humans are meant to have an opened state of mind. To word it simply, Thinking is what the mind must do in order to move forward in its experiences. This act of thinking allows the human brain to utilize its experiences for the purpose of growing into the thing that it must become.
Are you confused yet?
State of mind is the act of becoming, reacting, experiencing and learning.
Learn to identify the state of mind you are experiencing at any given moment. By asking the question of yourself, why in my feeling this at this moment. You will discover buried or forgotten experiences held it in your mind. If you have the fortitude and the maturity to deal with those forgotten or buried experiences. The act of accepting them will allow those experiences to feel gratitude, Allowing you to grow from their pain. The need for poisons will no longer exist. The painful past experience will know its purpose.
Repeat until all the negative past experiences have felt gratitude for their existence. This process will produce a stable goal oriented happy purposeful beautiful wonderful amazing human.