Why are many sentient beings not happy? Why are we not full of joy? Could it be because we are depending on outside circumstances for what must come from the inside? Our focus is constantly on things that are external and changing. Technology has made our world smaller and to some degree void of human interaction. Because of the powerful negative impact modern technology has made uopon our lives, we must examine our attitudes and our lifestyles. We are speaking of an inner challengs, not an outer challenge. This challenge is deeply rooted in every individuals mind. We can change our lives, our world by changing our thoughts.
So, how does the mind affect out lives and our perception of the world? We must first recognize the special tendencies that comprise the mind: 1. The mind recognizes 2. The mind remembers 3. The mind responds 4. The mind interacts So, are we mentally sound? Are we intelligent? Do we make healthy decisions? Do we know how to manage our minds? Are we content with the state of our own mind? We may be adults who have been living with our minds for many years, yet many lack the knowledge and skills necessary to direct our minds to remain focused on one thing without becoming distracted.The ability to concentrate is a poweful force that is hardly recognized by the majority of the world.
Most people are aware that the body needs proper care in order to remain healthy, but what about the mind? Should we not care for it in a positive and healthy way. The mind consists of memory, ego and intellect. What is memory and why do we remember some things and forget others? The most simplistic answer; the mind holds that which makes an impression on us based on our own individual life situation and circumstance. The best way to develop a healthy memory is to stop relying on your computer and I-phone and start using your memory.
When we think of ourselves, what do we think? Who am I? What is my identity? How we feel about life and who we believe ourselves to be has a definite effect on all our relationships. This is the part of us that is our ego. It is very important to have a healthy ego. If you want to be happy, start by being content with what you have and who you are. Make assessments and adjustments where you feel necessary, but don’t stress or agonize over any part of your life. Remember you are responsible for your own happiness.
The third part of the mind is intellect, or intelligence. People can be divided into three categories, regarding intelligence: 1. those who observe and learn 2. those who have difficulty learning 3. those who never learn. We can make intelligent decisions if our memory is good and our ego does not interfere. We should strive to make good decisions by having a clear vision, clear understanding, and a peaceful mind.
We can develop a healthy mind by practicing a mind of calmness through meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, qigong and other mindfulness practices.