Observing Our Unguarded Thoughts

The thoughts that one thinks can be cultivated to be based in love, but it will take much practice to develop the discipline to observe one’s unguarded thoughts to see what they’re based in.

“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” ~ The Buddha

There are as many different views of life as there are people, not one is entirely right or wrong. We each have our unique way of perceiving and interpreting life, but that’s not where our differences manifest from, it’s the base of one’s perceived interpretations where our differences arise from. This creates separation from each other and that’s when inner and outer conflicts follow, but the true conflict is with ourself. No one makes a person feel or do anything, if we all viewed life from the base of love than love would be the base of existence, regardless of what goes on out there. Life is naturally based in love, but then comes each individual’s perception and interpretation, this is where one’s break down occurs because the mind isn’t taught to be disciplined as we are growing up, it runs wild trying to satisfy pleasures and desired that are created by an undisciplined mind. Our unguarded thoughts are our greatest misgiving, to ourselves and all beings. This is why one is their own worst enemy.

If all we had were thoughts of love, conflict within ourselves would never arise so it would be non existent and if we have no conflict with ourselves we wouldn’t have conflict with others. No one can do the harm to us that we do to ourselves, but when we get quiet and this becomes known, we can start becoming aware of our unguarded thoughts and stop being our own worse enemy. We can then start truly loving ourselves in the way the Universe intended, and in the process love all beings, but this will not occur by itself it will take discipline to allow for this to happen and it will only happen when one is able to observe their unguarded thoughts.  

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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