The thought process – a physiological reaction to our surroundings influenced by past experiences. Books we’ve read, classes we’ve taken, home life, friends, movies, accidents, news reports, travel, and beliefs each partake in how we understand life. While our past can prove helpful, unless we also contend that life presents new opportunities on a regular basis, we can become mired in the close-minded interpretation of the everyday.
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A bit more about the physiological component: the gut and the brain work in tandem but neither dictates the other. The gut reigns as an active participant in the manufacturing and distribution of neurotransmitters and communicates via the nervous system, particularly by the vagus nerve. The brain coordinates this efferent information, and with the data received by the eyes, creates options to address any given situation.
All that to say that thoughts belong to the realm of matter.
Quiet observations of thoughts, of contemplating future endeavors, and of accepting and understanding the past becomes possible by detaching emotional judgments.
Equanimity presents great opportunities when put into action. The practice of equanimity enhances the ability to remain calm. This skill grows with the making of space and time for meditation. Quiet observations of thoughts, of contemplating future endeavors, and of accepting and understanding the past becomes possible by detaching emotional judgments. Equanimity invokes the spirit to see anxious thoughts as a tool to make better choices. In time, this trait develops into a habit allowing for life to unfold with a clear vision of purpose, courage, and faith.
As an example, when faced with a barrage of self-berating or panicked thinking, the principle of equanimity in action may look like a pause, standing still for a moment, bringing a hand to the heart and breathing in deeply, then slowly expelling the breath. Within this moment of intent, an acknowledgment of the feelings can be done, with a promise to the self to respect the feelings and to spur on creative thinking and a sense of passion.
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