The Morning – we define it…

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The morning has some amazing qualities, there is a capturing silence that pervades the whole area around you. You start to see the beginning of the sunrise and the birds that chirping melodious to a sound that they can probably hear from the other end of the universe. Such beautiful melodies that no human mind can touch.

I have often wondered that a morning really helps define the day. If I wake up with gratitude and joy, I tend to face the situations of day to day life, minute to minute situations with a little bit more aliveness. However, if I wake up grumpy and miserable then I feel like the world is trying to attack me. Yes, the very world that I have created. I, myself am the architect of my reality that is ruled by sensual perceptions. This is true for all of us right now or before we attain some sort of spiritual awakening.

Going back to waking up with gratitude and happiness, it’s not that the world doesn’t attack us, or people do not upset us in the day. They do what they need to do. However, it will not hit you as hard as it does for those that wake up in a ‘bad’ mood.

We truly define our morning as well as our own day. If I want to, if I have woken up in the morning absolutely miserable, I can remind myself that ‘I, myself am the architect of my reality.’ This time without sense perception of what I see, hear, touch, taste or smell. This time, there is no interference. To the point, that I am able to even transcend the thought ‘I, myself am the architect of my reality.’ 

This would lead me to a thoughtless state of just observing and being aware. This is not just me, but the story of you too. This is the story for all of us. One day, we will all travel to a point where we touch the edge of a thoughtless experience (as I am listening to Hans Zimmer’s No Time for Caution from Interstellar) and choose to either dwell in it or turn our backs to it.

The choice is mine and yours.

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Are you the product of your choices?

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This questions always takes me to a contemplative state.

Do I make the choices or have external situations slithered their way into making the choices for me?

I believe the most powerful tool that we have is the human mind. The human mind has a choice on what thoughts it wants to entertain. If this is the case then although there may be external influences on one’s thoughts, it is observed that we have the choice to accept it or not. This may require a level of self-awareness initially in order to recognize such circumstances.

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” — Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4–5

As we read from Epictetus, it is simple that we have to understand what is under my control. The body and all that is attached to it is not under our control. We could get an illness and that is an external influence as we have little control over that. However, the mind has the choice to accept a thought or not.

When we accept that we make our own choices, we tend to live a life stemmed in awareness and strive for understanding. We are calm as we know that we can’t blame other people or situations. Having an acute awareness of every thought is what makes every thought more precious and undeniably our own possession. Positive thinking does more with the mind than anything else.