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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Role of the Thinking Mind

Life is always a discovery process. It is a journey of self-discovery—finding who you are, why you are here, what you need, and how you meet your needs, so that you, like everybody else, can fulfill some of your life goals and purposes that are exclusively designed for you.

To live a purposeful life, you need a healthy body and mind, guided by a healthy soul, in order to continue that life journey as if everything is a miracle. They are all important, and are inter-related. But you must begin with the mind first.

The role of the thinking mind

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” --George Bernard Shaw

Your mind is your being, and your brain is the most important of all your body organs because it controls your whole being. How you think, what you do, how you act or react, and what you do with all your life experiences—they ultimately become not only your memories but also your realities.

Descartes, the famous French philosopher, once said: “I think, therefore I am.” Indeed, your thoughts become what and who you “think” you are now.

Therefore, it is your thinking that holds the key to attaining wisdom. True wisdom is not the same as extensive knowledge: a wise person is not necessarily knowledgeable; by the same token, a very knowledgeable person may not necessarily be wise. Wisdom is the capability of the mind to intuit knowledge and experience, and then apply that self-intuition to everyday living to live as if everything is a miracle.

Important as it is, thinking is not easy, just as Albert Einstein said: “Thinking is difficult; that is why so few people do it.” Difficult as it may be, learn how to think, or rethink your mind, especially if yours is a toxic mind. Only by rethinking your mind can you get rid of its toxic thoughts to begin the right thinking process, which brings wisdom and the miracle of life and living.

Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. Your questions may trigger a set of mental answers that lead to your actions or inactions, based on the choices you make from the answers you have obtained from the questions asked. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems. By solving problems, the mind can then make things happen. Asking questions is self-empowering wisdom.

 Stephen Lau
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