“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha.
Guarding the mind can be a case of keeping focused on our agenda, as opposed to drifting in the moment. As we move through the day, perhaps struggling to complete tasks, we might feel overwhelmed by pressures around us, caught up in events and activities if we are not careful.
Guarding the mind might also be a case of being aware of our thoughts as they enter our consciousness, and being prepared to let go of all those not aligned to our heart, rather than feeling obliged to give attention to each one. Quietly acknowledging such thoughts and then calmly watching as they float away could be a beneficial approach, even if it is not easy to implement.
Guarding the mind is a proactive activity. We can, in many instances, choose who we associate with, connect with via social media and so forth. Our friends may lift us or crush us; our interests too impact on our thoughts and yes, the television set can be turned off…
So, to what extent are you guarding the mind on a daily basis? Which areas of your life, if any, could benefit from more direction and concentration? Will you undertake the necessary work?
If you’d like to share your input on the issue of guarding the mind, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for reading this today.