Life is a series of unbroken experiences. Experiences are the building blocks of our lives.

Each experience is registered is our consciousness as thoughts. It is said that the average person has over 50 thoughts per minute. That’s nearly one thought per second.

We are literally creating our lives one thought at a time.

But do thoughts really have power over us?

Thoughts are like ocean waves

What are thoughts?

Thoughts are what arise when consciousness meets objects, people or situations.

Consciousness is like an ocean in which thoughts arise as waves. The waves’ existence depends on the ocean. The ocean, on the other hand, is independent and unaffected by the presence, absence, types and conditions of the waves in it.

Like ocean waves that have no reality apart from the ocean, thoughts depend on consciousness. When we become conscious of thoughts, they solidify and appear real.

Thoughts have no inherent power of their own. They get their power from us.

We suffer because we give reality to our thoughts

Since we make our thoughts real, they are in our control.

We ourselves give great importance and reality to our thoughts and then suffer because of it.

How do we do it? When a thought arises in our consciousness, we immediately identify with it, give it reality and seek to take action about it.

When we stop and question the thought, we provide counter thoughts and arguments which, again, we identify with and give reality to.

Identifying with our myriad and conflicting jumble of thoughts, we are become like driftwood that are battered and tossed about by the waves of the ocean.

If only we can stand apart and identify with the our true Self which is pure Consciousness,, we can put an end to the endless tyranny of our thoughts.

Devalue your thoughts

When it comes to our thoughts, we need to learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Every thought does not have value. What is important, true and good must be separated from what is not.

To do this, we must train ourselves to slow down and observe the thoughts that arise. As we do this, the thoughts also slow down after a while.

Then, when we are not pressurized by the incessant outpouring of thoughts and identification with them, we can actually look at them objectively and evaluate them correctly.

We will realize that many thoughts were the playing out of unfounded fears, needless worries, fanciful scenarios and negative emotions.

Once we actually see the thoughts for what they are, we can then focus on what is important, good and true. Having a better understanding of this, we can take the right and necessary action.

Living stress-free

Ultimately, learning how to look at your thoughts in a detached way is a stepping stone towards a stress-free, healthier life. After all, stress arises from the mind; and the mind is nothing but a constant flow of thoughts.

As you become better able to slow down and simply watch your thoughts without identifying with them, they will lose their power and control over you.

You can then control and steer your thoughts in the direction towards greater inner peace and happiness.

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "So You're a Spiritual Being–Now What?" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. She is based in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counselling sessions in person or on-line.
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