A Brief Pondering On How To Think
You may be asking yourself, “What does this person mean, How to think?” Well everyone has their own opinion on how to think but most of us brought up in a family rather than by wolves know what to think, but critical thinking, concepts like “coincidencia oppositorum” come from the learned behavior of how to think.
Think about this. It has been said that our brains produce as many as 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts in a day depending on how ‘deep’ a thinker you are. Therefore, if we realise this, does that mean we must take our old thoughts and simply change them? Well, sure. This is standard for reprogramming our subconscious mind. Our unconscious mind becomes conscious when our programmed mind becomes questioned within ourselves. Eventually though, this practice turns into a conscious pattern where we continually think only of our own musings. This is what many of us do as a natural state. Many of us never question our programmed mind, so we become imprisoned by it in a sense.
The two components of thought we must be aware of are simplicity and complexity. Let’s face it, even the most skilled Tibetan Monk hits around 50,000 to 55,000 thoughts per day. So after you no longer identify with these thousands of airborne thoughts floating around and you do not confuse a thought as “my own”, then if you would like to understand a thought (maybe a thought about you from another), allow the thought as it is. Then after you’ve fully allowed the thought, I want you to modify it so an infant can understand it. Make it so easy to listen to. Like A,B,C-1,2,3. Then, if you’ve allowed that thought in and you still feel like you don’t understand it. Maybe you think it’s wrong. Wrongheaded or incorrect. Then I want you to go through the Occam’s Razor Technique to find out more about this thought you may be irritated by. Study to the best of your abilities how you can properly create complexity with such thoughts without further pandemonium. This means you have no biases. You observe thoughts as the thought would be without a person or ‘thinker’ thinking the thought.
You also watch your emotions behind the thought. How the thought affects your body. Then you watch the created thought that is related to the bodily response to the emotion. Maybe the thought that is related to the bodily response to the emotion is, “I feel leveled out emotionally when people are on my side or praise me. I am also attached to that.” This is what is called mind over mind. We can call it X over Y. ‘X’ is the observation in the equation while ‘Y’ is the one observing.
Now I want to teach you how to notice and understand and ultimately change a belief. I do not mean a belief that most people understand as belief. Not so much a religious belief or beliefs that may be deep within our emotions that mostly everyone would not want to confront. I’m talking about beliefs that are all encompassing. Beliefs about ourselves, our society, our hierarchy, our past, our world or the scarcity of our world. All-encompassing beliefs. First of all, you must be willing to change your beliefs. You may not even want to change your beliefs that may be, “I am not good enough” as you may believe that changing your mind about something is a weakness. This is a prevalent belief as well. Once you’ve accepted the idea of changing a belief, you first want to ask, “For what reason do I want to change a particular belief?” The answer may actually be, “It is a decay on my health and well-being.” That is how powerful a belief can be, as it is a reassuring thought. Science is proving literally every day now how the mind affects the body. Now, ask yourself this, “Who else believes this belief?” The answer may be, my parents. My mother. My aunt. My Uncle. If our parents or care givers growing up had strong beliefs and expressed them to us then we felt obligated to conform to those beliefs. If we did not, they neglected us or scolded us. This imprint of neglect or blame, guilt or the feeling of abandonment was brought back in to consciousness later in life when somebody expresses their strong beliefs. So, we absorbed their strong energy relating to their beliefs and may developed subconscious beliefs from there. This creates a vicious cycle. So we must realize, if this is not my own belief, what evidence is there for these other people to believe this belief? Does the belief affect these people who believe it in terms of mood patterns, body ailments, their posture or neurotic psychological behaviours? Do you notice any of these within yourself?
You must understand, you do not need to change a belief. In fact, some beliefs can actually be a great tool for developing yourself. For becoming an extraordinary person. Yes, even Religious beliefs. Your beliefs could be inspiring to those around you and could change lives, so your best decision may be to be where you are at now with those beliefs.
To actually understand how to think. To think outside yourself. To think in terms of strategizing and prioritizing, understand that you must think. Thinking is appropriate. Don’t judge yourself for over-thinking. Let yourself over think. But, realize to know how to think, you have to know how to stop thinking. Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Oh, come on. How can you possibly stop thinking? Your mind is always thinking, right? It doesn’t just stop thinking? If I stopped thinking, how could I get up out of bed in the morning? How could I start my car? How could I eat lunch and dinner? How could I possibly do anything if my brain was just switched off?” When I say stop thinking, all I mean is the thought about the thought. Thinking is natural. It serves us but thought is a lousy mastermind. Have you even been on a sandy beach, or by a mountain or in a forest with trees swaying in the wind and you found your mind completely rested in the moment? You may think thoughts. By that I mean listening to the melodies in your mind, as it comes and goes like waves of the ocean to the shore. This is what you need in life. You want peace, tranquility, freedom, and happiness. Though, you must understand, silent awareness is the key. You need at least 20 minutes to an hour or two per day of this. You may find this out in nature. You may find this just sitting on a rug or in your back yard. But what you must do to achieve this, is to stop trying to control what thoughts pop into your head. These thought are very random. Some of them make us feel a certain way, and if you are mindful of how they make you feel, allow those thoughts as well. Pay attention to your breath. Watch your breath in terms of your body. How is your chest doing? Your shoulders? Your rib cage and your stomach? What feels irritated in your body? What body part feels relaxed? Then pay attention to your breath. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 and release for 4. Then later on you want to change the variable of seconds you breathe from 4 to 4 and a half, then 5. You will feel something. Do not make this practice hard on yourself. After a while you will feel a certain energy and you will be deeply rooted in your core being. You may feel like you are a seed within a tree. There are many meditation methods, but in closing, you want to put yourself in an environment where there is less noise, symbols, metaphors, or concepts.
I want to share with you an awe-inspiring message from a man named “Preston Smiles” on YouTube that will enclose this writing.
“Our perspective/opinion creates our perception/awareness and our perception creates our beliefs. Our beliefs create our behaviour. Our behaviour creates our reality and our reality creates our next perspective.”