Daily Dose for the Soul

Thoughts are never a problem until you act on them. Thoughts of lust, negativity, jealousy, envy, hatred, possessiveness are normal. For, an average human mind gets more than 60,000 thoughts in a span of 24 hours. It is but natural that a number of those thoughts are going to be undesirable. Having a bad thoughts doesn’t make you a bad person. No one can escape impure thoughts, We don’t have any control over our thoughts. Any thought can come and hit us from any direction. But what we do have control over is whether we want to pursue that thought or if we want to turn it into an action.

There’s no one on this planet who has never had an immoral or impure thought. Having such thoughts don’t make anyone bad, for thoughts are not good or bad, right to wrong, moral or immoral, they are just thoughts. They take one or the other from based on how we pursue and deploy them. Let’s say, you are passing through the woods and you come across a dry and thin branch of a tree lying on the ground. You can use it as a walking stick, or as firewood, or to protect yourself, or, hopefully not, even to beat up some poor animal. What you do with the stick determines whether it is good or bad. On its own, the stick has little meaning. Similarly, the wise don’t feel guilty for having unwelcome thoughts. They know they don’t have to act on them. And by action, I’m not just referring to physical action but mental ones too. When we cling to a thought or follow its track, we are performing a mental karma, and that, in turn, is the seed of all physical actions.

Reference : A million thoughts. Om Swami.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Kritika says:

    Our reactions matter. True that is.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes our reactions are at the root of how we feel. Resilience is key.

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      1. Kritika says:

        True that is. 👍😊

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  2. ankushmaster says:

    we have to agree with it , the flow of thoughts will take place in our mind and it is the choice that makes the difference

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    1. GS says:

      Ah yes. Time spent alone in thought can be positive – a rich environment for personal growth and creativity. Yet, getting “in our heads” can also be dangerous when we are negatively turned against ourselves. There is an important difference between introspection and rumination.

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  3. N.S. Palmer says:

    An important insight that I hope many people read. Thoughts can be helpful or unhelpful, but they do not harm us or others in morally significant ways. In most cases, the same applies to speech. It’s only when thoughts and speech are turned into action that they can become a serious moral issue. Some people spend years in therapy trying to learn what you neatly summarized in a short blog post. Well done!

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    1. GS says:

      Helpful thinking means looking at all aspects of a situation (the positive, the negative and the neutral) before drawing conclusions. In other words, taking a more realistic view of what is happening. Helpful thinking means looking at yourself, others and the world in a balanced and fair way.

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  4. clcouch123 says:

    I appreciate the wisdom in this post. We all think whatever–meaning whatever–without the need for everything to be manifest. It’s helpful to hear that that works mentally and emotionally as well as physically. We can let an unhealthy thought become a track of such thoughts. And we don’t have to do that.

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    1. GS says:

      To wrap up, the key to manifesting the healthy life that you desire is recognising and being honest about your thoughts and feelings. If they are negative, accept this, and turn your energy towards shifting them to the positive. Use your now positive thoughts to manifest a healthier and happier you!

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  5. I agree! However I sometimes guilt pick over having negative/mean thoughts which in turn affects me negatively. However I know it’s wrong.

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    1. GS says:

      Negative thoughts are okay. And that’s the good news—negative thoughts are a normal part of human functioning. This means you don’t have to worry about the fact that you’re having them in the first place. No matter how gnarly they get, it’s all pretty normal.

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  6. Sometimes, a blog post comes along just when you need it and so it was for me this morning when I read this one of yours Garima. Thank you for reminding me thoughts are neither good or bad until you act on them.

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  7. Sometimes I feel like I have an evil twin personality that will whisper unpleasant thoughts. I smother those thoughts by concentrating on my 5 senses.

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    1. GS says:

      Hmm how about you talk back to that evil voice and ask her to take a walk 😉

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  8. Very thoughtful insight indeed. At times, I need to feel controlling the thoughts also. But I have realised, trying to do that did more harm than stopping, I guess thoughts should be flown easily and pass it off.

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    1. GS says:

      See any thought that pops into your mind as a cloud in a beautiful blue sky and just let it drift by. As your thoughts come and go and do not engage with any of them. Allow them to float away. By not attaching to the thoughts, you can step back to become an observer.

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