first words of the Dhammapada, the teaching of
Buddha says:- "All that we are is the results
of our thoughts. With our
thoughts we make the world. If we think in
a negative way then that negativity will
follow us, as sure as the wheel follows the
ox that draws the cart. If we think in an harmonious
way, happiness follows us as sure as our shadow,
never leaving us"
It is important for our own well being to train
ourselves to let go of our negative thoughts and
replace them with more contented positive ones.
This of course does not mean that we passively
accept life's injustices.
Sometimes we MUST confront bad situations, we
must deal with things but then we must let them
go. Buddha also said "Letting go is the secret
to happiness". Holding onto our negative
thoughts can literally kill us, scientists have
discovered there is a link between people's state
of mind and their health.
If we are depressed, anxious, chronically pessimistic,
angry or irritable, our chances of getting a major
illness are doubled. The stress hormones
generated by those negative states of mind flood
the body and reduce the ability of the immune
system to fight disease.
Positive, happy thoughts produce neuropeptides
that are precursors of chemicals such as endorphins,
which give us a feeling of well-being and happiness.
When such chemicals are flowing through our system,
we manage stress very well; our immune system
is raised and so can prevent disease.
know that is is possible to break our bad habits.
People do it all the time. We can choose a happier
and healthier way of living. What we must do is
watch our thoughts, act when we need to, in an
assertive clear way, then let go and move onwards.
We need to constantly remind ourselves of the
danger of negativity until we have broken the