Today, I share something I received yet again in the e-mail for yesterday. I love the quote in it, and something similar lives always within me in my everyday life. I say and have said for years, “We are what we eat, and we are what we think about all day long.” And I ask myself, “So, what am I? What are my thoughts? What am I thinking about all day?”
I now ask you the same. Who and what are you? What do you eat, and what do you think about all day long? What words do you think (even if you do not say them)? And what would you like to think?
I do a regular cleansing, so to speak, of my own thought patterns and language. I evaluate what words and thoughts I have been using and entertaining, but which do not suit the self that I want to be. And I make a conscious, daily, minute-to-minute effort to think the thoughts and use the words that I want myself to think and to use.
And I always feel so – for lack of any other way of describing it – clean afterward. It almost feels like bathing, slowly but surely.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
– SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
The ancestor of every destructive action, every destructive decision, is a negative thought. We do not have to be afraid of negative thoughts as long as we do not welcome them. They are in the air, and they may knock at anyone’s door; but if we do not embrace them, ask them in, and make them our own, they can have no power over us.
We can think of thoughts as hitchhikers. At the entrance to the freeway, we used to see a lot of hitchhikers carrying signs: “Vancouver,” “Mexico,” “L.A.” One said in simple desperation, “Anywhere!” Thoughts are a lot like those hitchhikers. We can pick them up or pass them by. Negative thoughts carry signs, but usually we see only one side, the side with all the promises. The back of the sign tells us their true destination: sickness and sorrow.
Nobody is obliged to pick up these passengers. If we do not stop and let them in, they cannot go anywhere, because they are not real until we support them. There is sympathy in the world: pick it up. There is antipathy in the world: don’t pick it up. Hatred destroys. Love heals.