Often, humans are programmed to overthink and overanalyze everything, causing many people to lose control of their mind. This often can lead to mental health issues and an unhappier life in general. To overcome this, you must learn to master your mind. When you become the master of your mind, you control your thoughts and emotions. The mind will be quiet or focused when you want it to be. There is a level of the mind that controls the body – the mind of logic. There is also a soul mind, and this works with ethics. If you find yourself saying you are “in two minds” about something there is a conflict between the body mind and soul mind. When we learn to discern between these two our lives will run smoothly, even when we are faced with difficulties.
There are two minds, a body-mind that operates on logic, and a soul mind that operates on ethics. Ethics is the truth and is constant whereas, logic is less reliable and subjective. The ego is the enemy of the soul mind, driven as it is by the illusion of the external world – wealth, status, appearance, competition, success, etc. The logic of the body-mind is easily manipulated by the ego which does not want you to change and works to keep you in a limited life. To lessen your negative thoughts and overthink constantly, let go of the external world and be appreciative of what you have.
The average person has somewhere between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day, and over 90% of those are the same thoughts as the previous day. In general, 70% of those thoughts are negative.
Negative thinking is a bad habit, and like all habits we can use our will power to change it. It only takes the brain 21 days to create a new pathway for a new habit. You have to consciously pay attention to your thoughts. Catch them, examine them for any element of truth and then choose to identify with them or not. If you determine it’s not a thought you want to identify with, replace it with a better one.
Meditation is one of the best ways to become the master of your mind. Over time the practice of meditation stills the busiest mind. Slowly, you become a witness to your thoughts, helping you to slow down the endless internal monologue. It moves you inward to the riches of the inner world.