Do you control your thoughts or do your thoughts control you?

At first blush, that answer seems obvious, you control your thoughts. But if you think about it, is that really true?

There are countless circumstances where your brain loves to run amok with its own concerns, worries, anxiety, fears, as well as hopes, dreams, wishes, etc.

What is the distinction between controlling your own mind or your mind controlling you? If your mind is running rampant, leaving you to some degree, incapacitated and debilitated in the process, then you are not controlling your own mind, even if your mind tells you that you are.

These are not things that are taught in school and many people aren’t even aware that there is such a possibility, but the reality is that it is very possible for us to monitor our own mind, and to keep it in relative confinement, predicated upon our own internal strengths and desires for sanity.

If you spend a few moments watching your mind, you might quickly discover that your mind is not even you… even though you might believe that to be so.

You are awareness.

Awareness is the highest level of being, and it is capable of surveying the entire landscape that surrounds you, physically and metaphorically, and leveraging your greatest skills and capabilities to your benefit within those physical and metaphorical landscapes.

If you are able to witness your own mind running around like a two year old, who has not had a nap, and who is flailing in all directions because of exhaustion, then you are on the first step on the path to separating yourself from your mind, by recognizing that you are aware.

Even if the distinction seems like a technicality, as you read this, you need to understand how truly real and practical this realization can be… for within our ability to monitor our own thoughts, emotions and feelings, and convert those into a sane frame of reference that enables us to take control, and assert ourselves above and beyond the spectrum of emotions which we are experiencing, we are that much more powerful in the process.

Our mind is a repository of all of the variables that are happening in our world: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. In our ability to meditate through one form or another, we are students on a path of eliminating the mental discombobulation that arises from a flurry of emotions that we are trying our best to quell and keep within our own internal control.

This tiny variable is one of the most important tools in life that we may learn. If this particular message reaches you, and you have not yet tried yourself, to master this experience, seek out various methodologies that teach you and put it to good practice.

You will forever be rewarded for your efforts.

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!