We all think, so much so that we hardly realise it’s what we do. Not only does it seem natural to engage in thinking, but the ability to think rationally is considered the hallmark of intelligence, the proof of a sound mind. But is thinking all there is?
There’re many kinds of thoughts. Some thoughts are good: positive, uplifting, funny, interesting, exciting, creative, while others are the opposite: negative, troubling, frightening, depressing. Then there are thoughts that are neither positive or negative, such as those related to enquiry, analysis or problem-solving, or that express curiosity or wonder. Common to all thoughts, however, is that they affect how we feel. There is a constant interplay between our thoughts and feelings. Positive thoughts make us feel good, while negative thoughts drag us down. During the course of a day, we can oscillate between feeling good and being frustrated, worried or cross. We accept our mood swings as a normal part of being human; we don’t know anything else.
But there is something else. There is another way of being in the world. Deep within each of us, beneath the restless movement of thoughts and emotions, there is a place that is peaceful; a place undisturbed by the human mind. The peace you find here is always present. It’s available to you whenever you want it. It is your peace; it is you. Seek peace within, and see how it changes your life.