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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Right Thinking for Right Living

Right Thinking for Right Living

Right living  involves the alignment and coordination of the body, the mind, and the soul of an individual, thereby instrumental in enhancing that individual's wisdom in living as if everything is a miracle.

If you want right living for happiness, you must also have right thinking; they go hand in hand, and you can't do one without the other. Right thinking involves your mind, which controls the your body, and ultimately impacts your soul. In other words, right thinking needs wisdom.

Unfortunately, wisdom is never formally taught in school; education may increase only your knowledge and skills, but not necessarily makes you wise or wiser. Therefore, to have the right thinking for right living, you need to have the wisdom to know how life works and how wisdom functions in life. Wisdom comes from the mind, or, more specifically, how the mind thinks. It is the human mind that makes the body and the soul—the being of an individual.

Right thinking brings about right living. Unfortunately, right thinking is not automatic, and is never easy. That is why Albert Einstein said: “Thinking is difficult, and that’s why so people do it.” In addition, to change the thinking mind is often difficult too. Right thinking involves empowering your mind through your higher self—the place where your mind operates and your thoughts originate from.

Develop the right thinking process. Right thinking always produces right results, just as good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. It is wrong to assume that in real life sometimes the bad people may prosper, while the good ones may suffer. Examples attesting to this wrong assumption simply fail to recognize that the bad people may sometimes still have good traits in their thinking that bring about their prosperity despite their badness, while the good people may also have faulty thinking that is responsible for their own suffering and bad results. Remember, nobody is perfect. That said, we still have to strive to think right.

How do you begin right thinking for right living for happiness?

Right thinking begins with an empty mind.

"An empty mind with no craving and no expectation helps us let go.
Being in the world and not of the world, we attain heavenly grace.
With heavenly grace, we become pure and selfless.
And everything settles into its own perfect place."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 3)

The above is taken from the translation of the famous ancient Chinese classic Tao Te Ching.

An empty mindset precludes any preconceived concepts and ideas that may affect right thinking.

In addition, right thinking also involves mental attention, which is concentration and deep awareness of what is happening around.

Stephen Lau
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