Ancient Vedic sages spoke of the space between thoughts. Last week I told you that you must become the thinker of your thoughts, not your thoughts themselves. Otherwise you simply become the pawn of your thoughts. And the big problem is that most of those thoughts are not yours, but ones you are programmed with by outside factors, such as the media, government, organized religion and all the crazy people around you.
In order not to be governed by your thoughts, you have to have almost an outside awareness of them. Let’s explore this a little deeper, because it is critical to developing higher consciousness and happiness.
When you meditate, you enter that space between thoughts. Many people today, however, never make it here. They are so busy, distracted and overwhelmed, that they are buffeted by a never-ending stream of thoughts. They always have radio or TV on, emails coming in, phones ringing and people talking to them. (I may be the last person on earth that does not carry a cell phone everywhere.)
If you are assaulted with all this outside stimuli all the time, chances are good you are being manipulated by it. Sometimes it makes you feel happy and calm. More of the time, however, it will likely be making you feel anxious, angry, or depressed. You are always bouncing from one emotion to the next, the victim of your thoughts, instead of being the thinker of your thoughts.
Remember this: You determine your results in life by the thoughts you give precedence to. And to control the thoughts you give precedence to, you have to be aware of what you are thinking. So get into the habit of noticing your thoughts. And just as importantly, give your mind a rest now and then, with a trip to the space between thoughts.