“What is your mind thinking?” may seem odd as you would like to claim that you really are aware what you are thinking. In reality this is not so. While you may be aware of some aggregate biases, judgments or an opinion, most probably you are not aware of the reasons behind them.
It is imperative that we consciously focus our minds inward towards the thoughts that occupy us a lot of our time, towards people we feel attracted to or are repulsed by. We really need to look deep into our wants, our hopes and our desires.
A large part of our mental makeup is created by non-verbal thinking. A lot of our judgments and biases are based on past conditioning.
It is necessary that we unravel our innermost desires, our hopes and our ambitions. Why do we want something? What are the reasons behind our desiring for some particular outcome? We need to think through this slowly. When we want something in our lives we generally have a hazy understanding of why we want something. We need peel layer by layer as to why something is desirable. We need to verbalize to the extent possible.
This is a good way to understand ourselves.
Similarly when we are attracted or repulsed by someone, we need to spend time reasoning to ourselves why we like or hate this person. Sometimes when we take a closer look we may find an attractive person not really that attractive or a person we dislike is actually quite likeable. We may have formed an instant like or dislike without proper reasoning or justification.
We spend our daily lives tossed from one activity to another. We may spend time on our external bodies. But unless we also keep our mind clean and healthy it will accumulate garbage and become rusty like any other thing.
This exercise of spending time where we look into our inner cores is very essential. To me it is akin to mental housekeeping. It is a process of clearing away the cobwebs of the mind.
We must regularly spend time going over our thoughts, justifying to ourselves about our various proclivities towards people and things.
So, do indulge in some regular mental housekeeping!