HOW TO CULTIVATE POSITIVE THINKING
A simple but very effective mantra of success that I learned from my teachers was that ‘a road has a speed limit, a bank has a money limit, an exam has a time limit, but thinking has no limit, so one should think big and achieve big.’ The habit of big thinking stems from the nursery of ‘Positive Thinking’. And to cultivate the habit of ‘positive thinking’ a person needs a cool brain and the right mindset. If you are agitated or your brain is distracted or upset due to any reason, it will not be able to concentrate properly, such a situation will lead to unpredictable behavior. Ancient Indian saints always preached that a person should have warm feet and a cool brain as signs of stable health. But practically we will find that most people have a warm brain and cool feet, which leads to many physical and intellectual problems. A person with a cool brain breathes with ease and lives a longer life.
A Cool Brain- A Must for Positive Thinking
As per ‘Yogic’ teachings, one of the objectives of deep breathing is to keep the brain cool. Our brain cells constitute the basis of our life. A person can’t be declared dead as long as his brain cells are alive. The human brain is the seat, the fundamental basis of human life. A cooler brain leads to constructive thinking. In fact, a cool brain is a medium that leads to balanced and wholesome thinking. Remember, thinking done in an agitated mind or turmoil can’t result in positive thinking. Thinking based on facts only can be of any use to us. A person who has no control over his mind may have an abrupt and emotional but clouded view of the situation, leading to irrational decisions.
Once there was a floor manager in a manufacturing company. One day, one of his supervisors came to him and said, “The supervisor, who was on duty in the night shift, was abusing you last night”. On hearing this, the manager lost his cool and said, “Let him come to my office the next day and I would make sure he doesn’t get his pay increase due next week.” Now, this is an example of emotionally charged thinking. The manager took the decision under a heated atmosphere and not based on verified facts. He could have verified the conversation between two colleagues last night before making the decision. How many times haven’t we seen fights erupt between friends or close family members over the trifles just as a result of a fit of anger?
A sound person needs to be endowed with the faculty of thinking, right and positive thinking. Once a peasant asked his farm help to go out and irrigate the fields. The helper informed the peasant, “Master, it is raining outside, so why irrigate now?” The peasant insisted that he must take an umbrella, if it is raining outside, and go to fields to do as he had told him. Now, what do you say about such an irrational command and what kind of thinking does it reflect on the mindset of the master peasant here?
Meditation – a tool of change.
Any wise person must understand, that a man is capable of changing himself, that his nature can be changed. Meditation can be a very effective tool for change in a person’s thinking. Meditation leads to a high level of concentration and washes away the long-accumulated dirt from one’s mind. The gold burnt in the fire gets purified. It is yellow and lustrous. When the same gold is dug out of the earth’s crust as an ore, one can’t imagine it to have so much of luster and natural brightness. But that happens only once it submits itself to the heat of the burning fire. Similarly, positive change through meditation can be used as a transformative tool in the broader development and thinking process of a person.
( Major Pardeep K Shinh)