Changing the Mind

People who are experiencing emotional suffering can choose to free themselves from the bondage of negative thought. It’s as easy as changing the mind.



A common misconception among people who experience a great deal of emotional turmoil is that they are powerless to change their state of mind. When people believe to they are a slave to their emotions then they behave as though they are. They will find themselves caught up in a cycle of negative experiences that manifest as a result of their thoughts and emotions. So how do we know it’s possible to change the mind? We know it is possible based on two very sound principles.


People can be uncomfortable with change at times. Depending on what aspect of our lives is changing, emotions can be very powerful regarding the change we’re experiencing. Take death for example. We as people are born into this world, we live for a certain period of time, and then we pass away. It’s a truth that is self-evident, yet this aspect of our lives creates one of the most difficult changes we face. Change takes place within us and around us constantly. Just as the world changes, our thoughts change as well. If we know it is possible to change the chemical makeup of the air we breathe just by breathing it than we know we can effect change on any aspect of our lives because it is impermanent. Deciding the type of change you desire is based mostly off of what you truly want to create for yourself. This can be tricky you look at the reality of how we arrived in that particular situation, we can see it came about as a result of our thoughts and the choices we made based on those thoughts. We may think that all we want is happiness, but the thoughts of how to achieve that can sometimes include poor choices, immediate gratification that is also impermanent, or clinging to something without being mindful of its transitory nature. Having a grasp of the impermanence of our destructive thinking empowers us to then create the motivation that will compel us to generate constructive thought. The effect that generating constructive thought has on destructive thought is that it diminishes from the frequency and effect of the destructive thought.