Best Friend

There was a poor vagabond wandering through the backwoods of India. Tired, hungry and exhausted; he unknowingly sat down under the shade of a wish-fulfilling tree. He fell into a deep sleep and when he awoke, he thought about what it would be like to have a better life.

He wished to be a king, and in an instant, he became a king. He wished for a beautiful woman to enjoy this relaxing experience with him. To his surprise, a most gorgeous women sashayed up to him. The man, now a king, remembered that he was in a remote area, near a forest. He thought what if a tiger came and devoured him. Sadly, in an instant, he was in the jaws of a tiger!

For years, I have enjoyed this story each time I hear it; it makes me smile. I wonder if we are a little daft like this man, unaware of the power of our mind and how all our jumbled, cascading thoughts create realities for ourselves. This man could have gone on enjoying the fulfillment of his great wishes. However, his mind was wild and untamed. It drifted aimlessly.

Our magnificent mind can serve us in a myriad of ways. What if we made our mind our friend? How exceptional life would be if we reaped all its benefits.

In order to do that, our mind needs to be fit, robust, strong and steady. One of the powerful ways to strengthen our mind is to get better and better at noticing our thoughts, becoming aware of their effect; reining in our mind to choose those thoughts that best serve a greater good and a better life for all.

A strong mind can detect anger or draining emotions as they arise and return to thoughts of love in our hearts. It is a choice; our choice. It takes courage and discipline. Not the beat yourself up variety of discipline, but a deep continual caring for the mind to help it become tranquil, clear, responsible –  a pure, creative, magnetic current of life. Then we live life with more joy and meaningful connection to others.

What would help you make your mind your best friend?

What would be the benefits for you?

The book, Chocolate or Lunch: How Choices Impact Relationships, will help you answer many questions and embrace lasting happiness.

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