Who is the Best Friend of Mind? YOU ARE.
What if the way you perceive the world is all a creation of the Mind?
What if your Mind has its own business and agenda?
What if you stopped automatically believing the stressful stories your Mind created?
What is “Mind”, anyway? Mind is a collection of one’s thoughts, stories and beliefs. It shapes our perception of the world and how we react to situations in our everyday lives. But unfortunately, Mind views what’s happening in the present through filters of the past. This may not make sense to you right now. You might think: “What are you talking about? I am the one who thinks for me! I own my beliefs! I am the one… I am the one…”
But what if you were able to relate to your Mind in the third person, not as something that you owned or as something that was a defining part of you? What if you could identify when your Mind seemed to be operating of its own accord, with an agenda that might not serve your present situation?
If you could learn to become the “best friend” of your Mind, imagine how clearly you would experience the world and your place in it. It would drastically change the way you related to others and to yourself.
Why would you want to be best friends with something that seems to be the source of confusion and misinterpretation?
In my experience, it’s absolutely impossible to get rid of or to control my thoughts. When I get up in the morning, for example, the first thing that comes to my mind is, “I want to sleep more.” I don’t plan to think, thinking just “pops up.” It’s when I try to control or get rid of my thoughts that suffering happens. When I acknowledge a thought is there and embrace it as though giving it a big hug, the thought passes through. I still experience anger, fear, sadness, and confusion just like everybody else. But when I try not to control them, these experiences move through me much easier.
How can you learn to work with the Mind? I use a tool called The Work of Byron Katie. If you are ready to begin a new relationship with your Mind, let’s do The Work!