"All that we are is the result of what we have thought, we are founded on our thoughts, we are made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, like the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the cart. "
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought, we are founded on our thoughts, we are made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."
~ The Buddha, The Dhammapada, On Thoughts
It’s interesting that there are a plethora of books covering this very subject as if it is a new revelation or realization. Don’t get me wrong. I believe it is good that people write about what the Buddha taught years and years ago.
It’s just that this was one of the Buddha’s awakenings that makes me wonder where the writers of such books as Excuses Begone, How to Change Self Defeating, Lifelong Thinking Habits by Wayne Dwyer; The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton, or, say, what Louise Hay teaches about in her countless books about healing through changing your thinking and thoughts.
Of course, it is possible that anyone could re-discover what someone else has already realized. For example, it is said that the Buddha re-discovered the type of meditation he employed in order to attain true awakening.
It is good that in this way the Buddha’s teachings are reaching far and wide, that they are accessible to all even though one may not realize that they are discovering one of the Buddha’s truths when you read one of the many books on changing your thoughts.
For that matter nearly any self-help book suggests you change your thoughts to good, healthy, positive thoughts. In fact, there's an entire therapy based on changing your thoughts and the way you do things. This is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT.
It may seem difficult to change your thoughts, or for that matter, to recognize that a thought has caused you to alter your behaviour or emotions, but this is the starting point.
How? Slow down and listen. In this way we gain insight as to our own nature. In this way we note and hear the thoughts. In this way we make positive changes in ourselves and, ultimately the world around us!
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