THINKING VS REALITY
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”- Albert Einstein
We all know that “AS WE SOW, SO SHALL WE REAP” and it not only applies for land but our mind as well.
Well, you really think there can be one stop solution to all our problems? If you think so, you are right; If you don’t, you are right.
Your mind is very powerful. Yet, if you’re like most people, you probably spend very little time reflecting on the way you think. After all, who has time to think about thinking?
But, the way you think about yourself soon turns into your reality (blessing or a nightmare in disguise).
As it is also stated in scriptures that everywhere within the universe there are unlimited numbers of living entities in 8,400,000 different forms. One who has taken birth will die for sure. Therefore everything is impermanent.
As it is said in Bhagavad Gita,
jatasya hi dhruvo mrtyur
dhruvam janma mrtasya ca
tasmad apariharye ‘rthe na tvam socitum arhasi
Translation: For one who has taken his birth, death is certain; and for one who is dead, birth is certain. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.
And the same goes for even the tiniest of the thought enter in to our mind. Therefore, nothing is going to last forever, nothing is everlasting. Similarly, with our thinking, not even a single thought we think is going to last for long except for those we think repeatedly. So, why not spend more time thinking healthy thoughts which will add-up to our good health, instead of thinking the opposite which can make us sick.
I remember once I was in a seminar representing my NGO, after awhile, an old man stood up to describe about his profession. He started by saying, “My name is Ramesh, I’m 62 years old and I lately got retirement from a public sector bank. Although I’m RETIRED but not TIRED. I am running an NGO for old age people and in future I have plans to provide free education to the underprivileged children.”
That’s how life is, for some people it takes few years to understand the reality of life and for some one life isn’t enough. Most people you will find cribbing or complaining all the time either about the circumstances or their bad luck. If not, then try initiating a discussion on any topic related to hygiene, politics, education system, traffic, pollution, infrastructure and you will be surprised to find likeminded people all around. And the worst part is such people inadvertently sabotage others too by carrying such baggage on their shoulders or I can say wherever they go their baggage follows. Which consequently creates more disturbances in their personal and professional lives and eventually put their life on halt.
However, its important to keep distance from uncalled ailments, once you believe that what has to happen will happen you can’t stop it but all we can do is to give our very best. Suppose you are going to office or a school/college and it starts raining, now in such treacherous situation one can either cry over his luck, accuse others or make a better choice by stopping somewhere and have a hot-cup-of-tea watching the rainfall, savouring the rain, the natural beauty of God pouring in front of you, without letting your mind wander. Forming such habits will change your mindset completely and it will bring positive results not just in your relationships but in your professional life too. Which will save you a lot of time you might have wasted otherwise.
Let me give you a short example, few days back I was sitting with the community of doctors at a senior doctor’s office. It was a healthy discussion about giving the best and the most economical solution to the patients as many patients are unable to afford neither the consultancy nor medicine. All of a sudden my eyes drifted on a board where it was written:
REASONS why there is so much crowd at the doctors’ clinic these days:
- We don’t eat our meals on time or at the same time daily.
- We neither wake up early morning nor sleep early at night. We don’t follow any routine either.
- We neither exercise nor take a walk twice a day.
- We make excessive use of mobile phone. Sadly our day starts with mobile and ends with mobile. Which is injurious to health.
These are some of the points I can recall but the message behind is true and this is what we have become attuned to.
And most surprising fact was that when one of the doctors said, “that main issue that we foresee in future is excessive use of internet. This is the root cause of most of out problems because what people see on Internet they assume it to be true, it not only disrupt our mental or physical health but hamper our relationships too. ”
However, most problems are less physical nevertheless more mental. Which makes sense but we hardly comprehend this.
And after that one doctor exclaimed, “Spending inordinate time on the Internet can make you ill, in fact very ill.” It reminded me of a cigarette ad that appears on screen before starting of a movie.
“That’s true,” saying that, I kept taking note of all the important points.
Your Beliefs Get Stimulated
Once you come to a conclusion about your beliefs that what you think is real, you’re likely to look for evidence that reinforces your belief and if you can’t find one you will create it.
Like if you go out for work in the summers and, just matter of fact, it turns out to be the hottest day, you will start to put blame on your luck.
Anyone who develops the belief that he’s a dunce, for example, will view each mistake as proof that he’s not good enough. When he does succeed at something, he will chalk it up to his sheer luck.
Consider for a minute that it might not be your lack of talent or lack of skills that are holding you back or keeping you ill. Instead, it might be your beliefs that saps your vital energy and keeps you from giving your best.
Creating a more positive outlook can lead to better outcomes. It’s less about staying positive but more about keeping ones mindset neutral or away from thinking worse about oneself. On the other hand, it is also true that optimistic thoughts lead to productive behavior, which increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Challenge Your Thinking
Why not take a nice look at the labels you’ve placed on yourself. Maybe you’ve declared yourself incapable. Or perhaps you have accepted you’re a bad leader.
The important point to remember is that you can change your thinking pattern. You can alter your perception and change your life, in fact, keep yourself physically and mentally strong.
Hence, it can be said that the cure of all the diseases is in our own hands. Have we ever thought why those sages living in the Himalayas are so disciplined when it comes to habits like waking up early, sleeping less and eating on time etc. They, unlike us, have full control over their thoughts. If you start to take care of yourselves then I don’t think you even require spending hefty amount on health insurances at least before you reach the age of 45 – 50.
With practice, you can train your brain to think differently, you just need to be watchful of your thoughts. When you give up those self-sabotaging thoughts, you’ll be better equipped to reach your greatest potential.