When I focus on the problems…

I have strong tendency to focus only on the problems. I used to be trapped in those problems and couldn’t get out of that trapped reality. Simply focusing on positive things happened on the day wouldn’t help because I am so trapped about the problems. Sometime, I feel even more stressed towards how fast these problems can fill up my mind.

How I’ve learnt to train my brain to not think about it?
I have learnt to read interesting books that are so thrilling that my mind cannot keep thinking about the problem. Usually, I will read the book until I am so tired and fall asleep. When I wake up in the morning, usually, that problem seems a bit smaller than how it felt before I sleep.

Don’t be pushed by your problems.

Be led by your dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Buddha wrote that one should become the master of one’s mind rather than let one’s mind master oneself.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, p. 390

I’ve found it is very easy to allow my mind to lead my decision. At the time I made the decision, I thought I used all my wisdom to respond to the situation. However, when I become the master of my mind, I am allowing my heart to make the decision.

These days I’ve learnt to allow myself to stop before making significant decisions. I give a moment for my heart to express itself then finalise my decisions. I have found that when I make decisions based on my heart, I am firmly grounded on my feet.

When was the last time you let your heart decide?
How do you feel when you let your heart express itself?
Are you mastering your mind?

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