Mind Matters

  • Do you mind?
  • Never mind
  • What’s on your mind?
  • It's all in your mind
  • Who’ve you got in mind?
  • Is that what you had in mind?
  • Mind-reader
  • I don’t mind
  • Mindless. Mindless chatter
  • Minding the children
  • I’ve changed my mind
  • Mind over matter
  • Are you out of your mind?
  • Taming the mind

 

Seems like we have a lot of mind on our minds…doesn’t it?

There’s a rather large paradox about our minds, too.

We’re always in them, but we want to escape them, often – & we encourage people to practice meditation so they can sort of tame their minds. After all, our minds can be our very worst enemy, hmmm?

I can think of a few people who seem to be positively tortured by their own minds – their own highly negative thoughts – yet I don’t think they have a clue “who is doing this” to them. No idea that they are doing it to themselves (I do it myself, of course!! We all do, I think, to some degree at least).

The Buddha is said to have said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”

I recall Joanna Macy once saying that all of our problems are mind-made. & thus – if we can make them, we can un-make them too!

(I’m not so sure we can un-make the dreadful, unbelievable & unbelievably long-lived toxicity of nuclear waste ... but who knows?? Perhaps if enough good … minds… get on the job, some miracles might begin to happen.

The NBC (Nuke Boyz Club) would need to stop focusing their … minds… on profit & hefty paycheques & weapons & war & do some atoning for what they have visited upon all of us (themselves included, of course). For sure, they/we cannot fix things as long as they remain bound & determined to make more of it.)

Eckhart Tolle says “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” (Echoing, I guess, Epictetus, who’d said centuries ago “Men are not troubled by things themselves, but by their thoughts about them.” And “What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.”)

What’s on your mind, Reader?

I reveal quite a good deal of what’s on mine, right here on this blog.

I have lots & lots of my own intensely private thoughts too, of course. For sure, I have a very busy mind, & it isn’t always in the service of “the greater good.” I hope it mostly is, though; I sure wouldn’t mind if that were so.

Janet

p.s. I think there is just a wee bit too much me-me-me stuff on the planet. You know?? Sort of an “Everything is all about ME” ethic.

p.p.s. I went to that Quotations Word document where I “store” quotations, to see what I could rustle up on the subject of mind. To my surprise, a ton of things came up! I’ve just added a page of these under the ‘Quotation Central!’ heading. Below is a small selection of the ones that came up when I did a “Find” on “mind.”

Quote of the day: “What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Runners-up for Q. of the day:

“He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abe Lincoln

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” – Steve Biko

“Have a Good Mind. No matter what situation you’re in, find something good about it, rather than the negative things. And in dealing with other human beings, find the good in them as well. We are all interdependent. Do things for others – tribe, family, community – rather than just for yourself. Look forward. Turn what has been done into a better path. If you’re a leader, think about the impact of your decisions on seven generations into the future.” – Chief Wilma Mankiller ~ traditional Cherokee precepts 

“There is an almost gravitational pull toward putting out of mind unpleasant facts. And our collective ability to face painful facts is no greater than our personal one. We tune out, we turn away, we avoid. Finally we forget, and forget we have forgotten.” ~ Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. 

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein (more Einstein) 

“The open-minded see the truth in different things; the narrow-minded see only the differences.” – Source unknown

“Speak your mind, even when your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Grey Panthers, quoted on a bumper sticker

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw