Own­er­ship of Thoughts

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Ev­ery one of us is pre­pro­grammed, in ac­cor­dance with the cul­ture, fam­ily, so­ci­ety or re­li­gion we are born into and grow up with. Most of us are in­dif­fer­ent to the fact that we op­er­ate with lit­tle aware­ness. So, we end up liv­ing in a self-made prison.

Once a philoso­pher asked a cob­bler — him­self a Sufi saint — to re­pair his shoe. The cob­bler ex­pressed his in­abil­ity to do so as he was about to close his shop for the day. “Please, this is ur­gent,” the philoso­pher pleaded. “You may please bor­row my shoe for the other foot,” said the cob­bler. “But I don’t wear an­other’s shoes,” said the philoso­pher. “If you can bor­row some­one’s ideas, why not a shoe?” asked the cob­bler. Truly, our ideas are largely bor­rowed ones. Myths and dis­em­pow­er­ing words and thoughts have in­vaded our in­ner en­gi­neer­ing. Can we ob­serve how we touch the outer world with our in­ner thoughts and at­ti­tudes? If our thoughts and at­ti­tudes are neg­a­tive, a neg­a­tive sys­tem gets cre­ated. Then the neg­a­tive sys­tem takes con­trol of our life and de­vel­ops its own sur­vival mech­a­nism and we be­come its slaves. The art of wise liv­ing is to dis­man­tle the neg­a­tive sys­tem from our lives. We have to learn the art of in­ner sep­a­ra­tion: not al­low neg­a­tive thoughts and at­ti­tudes to eat into our lives.

Iden­ti­fy­ing with neg­a­tive thoughts and emo­tions leads to chaos and con­flict. Any thought or emo­tion that passes through us is not ours. The traf­fic on the pave­ment does not be­long to us,… nei­ther does the traf­fic of thoughts. We should learn to se­lect and re­ject, only then we will not find our­selves in prison.

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