Avoiding mental traps

In life there are many things that are not to our taste and our liking. There are many things that we would like to be different and work differently. However these things are beyond our control. We may dislike our job, our boss, habits of our friends or spouse. But it is better that we accept things the way they are and move on in life.

However the danger is that we quickly form opinions and make judgments on others and our state of affairs. The issue is that we tend to put ourselves into mental traps of our own making. We tend to base our actions and decisions on malformed opinions in our mind. The mind is goal seeking and tries to substantiate our own false ideas and ill-formed judgments. The mind tends to distort reality in order to substantiate our biases. We are led deeper and deeper into erroneous thinking. In fact, we can end up deceiving ourselves completely in the web of our thoughts which are based on completely wrong ideas. It is imperative that we identify the error in our thinking and remove any pre-conceived notions we may have about things.

We should not let our mind drag us into the quicksand of hatred, contempt or jealousy based on biases that we have in our mind. We should rise above pettiness in life and move ahead in life. We really need to understand the workings of our mind and be able to overcome emotions of anger, envy, contempt and excessive desire.
Being able to transcend our own pettiness in life is one of the most difficult things in life. While we may be capable of thinking lofty thoughts, if we drop our guard we can be very quickly deceived by our minds.

We need to mentally alert all the time and channelize our mental energies into creative and problem solving activities then we are truly on the road to real wisdom.


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One thought on “Avoiding mental traps

  1. nittinj March 30, 2014 at 11:21 am Reply

    Channelising energy in the right direction is the most important thing…well written.

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