A Buddhist Teacher.
Do you believe your thoughts? If so, why? What makes them true? Or reliable? Have you investigated each thought to discover its source?
Thoughts shouldn’t be accepted as the truth at face value, for they are temporary and so very changeable from one minute to the next. They are like clouds moving across the vast sky of the mind.
They are just thoughts.
Instead of believing our thoughts, it’s wiser to ask where this thought came from and if it will be helpful.
Is this thought part of a personal myth that we believe?
When we were a young child it was necessary to accept what the big people told us about ourselves and about life, for we had no ability for critical thinking yet. Pretty much we just accepted the attitudes of our caregivers and thought this was the way life worked.
That was then. This is now.
It’s now time to examine our present thoughts and beliefs to see what motivates them. Is it fear, or is it love?
Fear harms. Love is a healing agent.
What is this thought and what is the motivation behind it?
Is it pleasant or unpleasant?
Will this thought hurt or harm?
Is it true in an ultimate sense? Or is it just a fact? Facts occur. Truth lasts, for it supports everyone and everything.
What would be the best way to act on this thought?
Is action required? What indicates yes or no?
What might bring instant relief, but in the long run may cause future hurt?
What would bring wholeness to this moment or situation?
Have I compared myself to someone else?
Comparisons can never be true! No two human beings are alike, and all human beings need love. All human beings yearn for happiness just as we do.
This thought is just a thought. Don’t assume it’s true.
Of whom do we expect things? And why? How do we handle the disappointment when our expectations aren’t met?
Let’s not believe our thoughts just because they pass across our minds. Thoughts arise and they leave. They are temporary. They bring us information. It’s up to us to examine the information to discover the source and thus the value.
They are only thoughts. Everyone has them.
Each time we are caught in the grip of something—perhaps anger, anxiety, or frustration—we will find some limiting belief system that was given to us, or that we adopted.
Is it wise to believe something that comes from limitation?
The energy of love is abundant and available for everyone at every instant. There is no limitation. There is always plenty for everyone.
A good rule of thumb is to doubt our doubts, our fears, rather than believe them.
Strong, unpleasant thoughts and emotions arise to show us it is time to awaken to something deeper and more genuine that brings true happiness to ourselves and others.
Fear, anger, frustration cannot bring happiness into our lives, no matter what these belief systems tell us.
“Getting” does not bring happiness. Giving generously from our minds and hearts always brings joy and abundance—without suffering.
Underneath it all we are searching for this softer, gentler, comforting feeling of lovingkindness.
Therefore, when we find ourselves swept up in a negative flow of thought and emotion, we need to slow down and consider what’s going on in our mind.
Jesus implored us to love our enemies as ourselves. This requires noticing when we are being harsh or demanding with ourselves, as well as others, and then make a new choice.
The Buddha has said that we can look the whole world over and never find another being who is more deserving than ourselves.
These are great truths! We all deserve happiness, no matter how many mistakes we have made.
Do mistakes really need punishment, or has society taught us that?
How has punishment ever brought more love into the world?
Each time we think ourselves unworthy of love, we will find a suffering child within us. This child needs love—not condemnation.
Perhaps we might appreciate all that this child has lived through and what courage it took to get to this moment. And then deeply, with much care, wish this child and all beings the very best.
Our happiness depends on how much kindness we are willing to share. Generous thoughts help everyone.
Thoughts acted on create our world.
Love is the Creative Energy of the universe. Will we align with the energy of love, or resist it? Love is always here, waiting for us to acknowledge its Presence.
We can always begin again. This minute we can wish ourselves and others happiness and peace. It only takes a decision, a willingness, to do this.
The choice is ours.