By Ama H. Vanniarachchy
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.”- Marcus Aurelius
The mind is the most powerful tool we have. No technological tool can surpass the power of the human mind. We can think, analyse, understand, memorise and do many things using this powerful tool.
Power does not always mean good. Sometimes this powerful tool can go wrong if we do not guide it well. Yes, the mind should be guided and programmed just like any other tool should be. Also, as it is human nature to go astray and wild, unless trained, guided, and programmed, this wildness or the strays, naturally rises. An untrained and corrupted mind definitely brings bad results. It weakens the ability to think clearly, rationalise, memorise, and make good decisions. An unhealthy mind also impacts the body and results in making the body also unhealthy.
The mind acts as a magnet. Hence, it attracts whatever is the majority of the mind. If the mind is full of hatred, it attracts more and more hatred in every possible way. If the mind is full of negativity, it will eventually land you in a negative, dark situation. A bright, clean, and serene mind will create a serene, clean life for you.
This does not necessarily mean that a clean and calm mind will create a similar physical situation for you; it means that even though the exterior is full of chaos, even though the outer world is in fire, if your mind is at peace, if your mind is unshaken, you will find peace.
But is this possible?
How practical is this in real life?
We live in a world where everything moves fast, everything has a monetary value and life’s quality is measured based on materialised assets and brand names. With the rapidly rising cost of living, and highly competitive society when it comes to education, career, material possessions, people often tend to compare themselves with others and add value to their lives based on their physical assets and what they can brag about. This lifestyle causes stress for many. People are faking a life that they are not actually living and are in heavy debt.
In such a life, do we have time to keep our minds in control? People hardly have time to think about what is happening to their minds. At the end of the day, our minds are full of toxins that will eventually affect our physical bodies and then our quality of life.
This is why many of us feel exhausted, mentally. This is why many are depressed and unsatisfied with their lives.
So, what can we do about this?
I will give you a simple example to understand this better. If you eat something that is unhealthy, your body falls sick. The results may not be evident, as soon as you eat it. Unless you have a good immune system, the toxins will make your body sick. Therefore, you must boost your immune system and avoid eating or drinking harmful unhealthy foods and drinks.
The mind acts similarly. If you keep cultivating and encouraging negative thoughts, the mind will fall sick. Therefore, it is important to have a strong immune system for your mind and then, a good system to avoid cultivating negative thoughts.
lLearn how to detox your mind (cleansing the mind and learning to let go)
lA mechanism to reject toxins entering your mind (for this practice mindfulness)
How can you do this?
There are many ways to do this. Practising mindfulness and learning the art of letting go is a must if you need your mind to be healthy.
lAlways keep your mind focused on what you are doing in the present
lDetox your mind by focusing on incidents or thoughts that brought negativity
lLead a simple life
lEat healthy food
lKeep your surroundings clean
lBe close to nature
“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha