Monday, July 25, 2011

Overcoming Negative Thoughts- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

                 Swamiji, please teach me how to ignore negative thoughts when they enter my mind. I have noticed that when a single thought enters, if I don't wipe it off immediately, it opens the floodgates to a whole range of negative feelings. This makes me weak.About dealing with the negative thoughts, here is the secret for finding relief and strength: Do not be afraid of negative thoughts. Allow them to come – rather invite them – when you sit ready to receive them, in the morning or so, after your ablutions and prayers or meditation. Allow them to surge forth. React to them freely. You should not hurt yourself physically. Mentally and emotionally do whatever you feel like, without reservation. Cry, weep, sob, curse yourself, lament your weakness or fate – anything.
Let the spell be for 20 to 25 minutes. By then, the thoughts will become weak and ineffective; the mind will become stronger. The whole process must be like writing on water, in the end. Get up, wash your face and take to your other routines. Repeat the exercise for a few days.
Understand that no negative thought has any effect if you do not own it and act upon it. You are not responsible for the arising of any thought. Your responsibility commences from the time you act upon it. The difference is crucial. If negative thoughts come and you are not prepared to act upon them, they will simply disappear, leaving you to yourself, as before. If their incidence has no effect or purpose, automatically they will stop coming again. If at all once in a while, they happen to intrude, simply be indifferent.
All that I say is 100 percent possible, provided you practise it earnestly and assiduously.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru

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