Thursday, April 16, 2009


Human beings are thinking creatures. Every moment of each day our minds are working to make sense out of what we see and experience. While this may seem obvious, it is one of the least understood principles in our psychological makeup. Yet understanding the nature of thought is the foundation to living a fully functional and happy life.

Thinking is a function of human consciousness. No one knows exactly where thought comes from. We can however say that thoughts come from the same place as whatever it is that beats our heart-it comes from being alive. Thinking goes on whether we want it or not. Thought is an impersonal element of our existence.

Every negative and positive feeling is a direct result of thought. It is impossible to have jealous feeling without jealous thoughts, to feel angry without having angry thoughts. And it is impossible to be depressed without having depressing thoughts. This seems obvious, but if it were better understood we would all be happier and live in a happier world.

We have been taught that thinking means sitting down to ponder, to put in time and effort. Thinking about something can occur over several days or within a passing second. We tend to dismiss the latter as unimportant. But it is not so. Feelings follow and respond to a thought regardless of how much time the thought takes.
Thinking that a sibling got more attention than you did shows your resentment towards your brother or sister. These thoughts or sentiments also make you unhappy without your knowledge. Being happy or unhappy is a function of your thoughts.

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