While the thinking seems to have its roots in Buddhism, its branches are spread all over the world. The reason is simple – our world is in trouble. We are all confused, though at different levels. We are constantly pressured to be too busy with life. We are always anxious and in a hurry. We worry about the uncertain future or we regret the unresolved past.
We spend years ignoring the times, don’t we? Where is the solution for today’s epidemic? In a desirable book? Or another scientific drug? Well, in the ancient art of thinking. This art is a practice that teaches us some important lessons. Here are six of them.
- Your Peace Begins With You
The ancient Stoics were among the people who were determined to adorn the surface of the planet. The most famous of these was Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five righteous Roman emperors. Sources tell us that these sets of mortals were not subject to difficulty. They can maintain peace and harmony despite the worst of challenges.
History is full of such individuals who can maintain their peace of mind despite external circumstances. When one examines their lives, it is clear that the roots of their calmness are still in their minds.
They were never too worried about the distant future, and they did not harbor animosity toward their past. They knew the present time and faced challenges as they arrived. Their practice of reasoning brought more insight into their thinking. The power to choose your thoughts is the great empire of today. Awareness – that you have the power to choose your thoughts as long as you remember them – can open the way to peace of mind.
- Your Views Count the World
George Bernard Shaw said, “It’s a window into the world.” You don’t see the world as it is, but as it is, right? Happy people see the earth as a happy place. People with a tendency to violence often view violence as a way of the world. Being a happier, healthier, and calmer person is the key to making the world a better place. How you see things. And how can you know the way you see the world? Consideration.
Focusing on the present moment allows you to look inward. It forces you to ask your ideas. It pushes you to change the inner person for the better. As your inner personality and ideas improve, so does the outside world.
- A Positive Mind Can Do More
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an important project where your mind ended up wandering in twelve different ways? How long did it take you to complete the assignment? You know the answer.
Striving to stay in the modern age forces you to focus on more than just work. It moves your mental faculties to one side. In this way, you tend to accomplish more in less time.
You live in a world that is constantly fighting for your attention. Your distraction is the most expensive money in this attention economy. The result? We see more and more people working hard for a long time but there is little they can show.
“Our lives are shaped by our minds, because we become what we think we are.” – Buddha
- Awareness Is Everything
Most of us sleep with lives. We do not know exactly how we feed our bodies or our brains. We are always in the future or in the past and often completely ignore what we are doing to us right now.
Knowing our short-term options and habits is the only way to have a better future. Your life, so far, is a collection of countless numbers of modern times. What you do from this moment on, for now, will only determine where you end up next. One has to recognize their habit of acknowledging it as good or bad. That is the first step toward improving your habits or changing your habits.
- You Are More Artistic Than You Think
Have you ever spent hours fighting a problem in vain, only to find a solution that came up when you changed your focus to something else? We often worry about the consequences when we try to find a solution to a problem – and this hinders our creative ability. But thinking allows us to look at the problem objectively, which in turn enables us to find a better solution. Thinking empowers you to think differently and find different ways to overcome a particular challenge. It keeps you from worrying about something bad that may or may not happen in the future.
- Acceptance Is Essential
While the desire to improve is important, it should never involve excessive self-criticism. Most of us have a tendency to compare ourselves with others and to develop feelings of inadequacy, which always put us in a better position to improve. Positive thinking allows you to focus on your strengths, which in turn help boost your confidence and self-esteem. If you feel better about yourself and love yourself, you are more likely to focus on yourself and develop as a person.
Consideration for the pursuit of a lifetime. It can promote your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. While the path is not easy, but it is worth it. The journey will teach you many life lessons that can show change. You can start by practicing meditation for five minutes a day before increasing the time. Consistently, you should be able to live the life of your dreams.