Sunday Inspiration: Watch Your Thoughts

During Friday night’s philosophy class, we had a brief introduction to the Upanishads, a collection of spiritual/philosophical verses that, in part, comprise the foundation of Yogic philosophy.

After our teacher read the following quote, a silence settled upon the room as we all contemplated its simple but profound beauty:

{Original photo source: he takes absolutely lovely photos!}

It’s estimated that the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day.  Some whisper fleetingly, while others announce themselves with the strength of a bullhorn.  These thousands of thoughts continually make and re-make the swirling patchwork of our lives.

This week, give those thoughts some thought. How many are positive? Negative? How many are we even aware of?   Notice how much your internal monologue affects your emotions, habits, and attitude towards others.  Are they coming from a place of fear? Jealousy? Love?

We can’t control what happens to us, but we do have some freedom in how we react.  Or, as a Chinese proverb says,

“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from making a nest in your hair.” 

Here’s to a nest-free week ahead.


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