Daily Dose for the Soul

Good meditators, or even mindful people, transcend their thoughts by simply watching them. most thoughts are random and fickle, they are not worth pursuing. Upon close examination, you will discover that thoughts are highly ephemeral and if you don’t hold on to them, they disappear exactly like bubbles in water. Whenever you are bothered by any lingering thought, simply ask yourself the following three questions and watch it become feeble in no time :

  • From where has this thought originated?
  • Where is it travelling?
  • Where has it disappeared?

As you ponder on these, you begin to understand the anatomy of a thought, basically, it’s emptiness. They are empty. Thoughts have no definitive point of origin, no set course of travel, and no specific site of disappearance. When you see an object in a mirror, you can classify the sight as beautiful or ugly, desirable or otherwise but what happens when the mirror faces another mirror, when it looks at its own reflection, what will it see? The reflection will keep bouncing off each other infinitely. Similarly, when the mind examines itself, it starts to disappear in its own vast existence.

Reference : A Million thoughts. Om Swami.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. drpassenger says:

    yeah good one.. but the way it says thought doesn’t have origin?? you mean to say time and space coordinate or what?? other wise there is always mental prospect or references on which the thought arises i guess and to solve it you need to go through it. just a personal interpretation and may be i say it due to insufficient knowledge.

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    1. GS says:

      There is not right answer to the origin of thought. Thoughts come from nowhere and from everywhere! .Subjectively, our thoughts come from nowhere: they just pop into our heads, or emerge in the form of words leaving our mouths. Objectively, we can say that thoughts emerge from neural processes, and that neural processes come from everywhere.

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  2. Kritika says:

    This is an insightful post. Thank you 🙂

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found it useful.

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  3. AP2 says:

    Very interesting perspective on the thinking mind! I tend to think (ha) thoughts are echos based on the information the mind has been fed over time. The thoughts we cling to we give strength to. These can come to define us if we let them. Understanding that thoughts are just thoughts and that they have no basis in reality unless you give them power is important. Meditation gives you the ability to stand back and simply see thoughts come and go so you don’t take the bait so to speak. Beautifully written piece. I’ll meditate on these questions next time I sit to observe my mind. Thank you!

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    1. GS says:

      Please do share with us the answers you might get for those questions during your meditation. Would love to hear your perspective. We are all learning as we live.

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      1. AP2 says:

        Hi GS – Sure Thing – The answers that came up for me were as follows: Nowhere and Everywhere for the first two questions. To the dust and to the stars for the third. Make of that what you will!

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      2. GS says:

        Beautiful. Good Luck on your journey.

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      3. AP2 says:

        Thank you. And you too!

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      4. GS says:

        Thank you. Much appreciated.

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