Think Well - Accomplish Better
- on top of it if you can and conditions allow. One step at a time.
Quoting others may be fun. Quoting oneself is for oldies. Anyway, quoting wisely is what matters.
Some speak about positive thinking without making clear just what it may be under varying circumstances. Taking care in time is part of growing up. The art of thinking may blend positive thinking with clear thinking, being realistic, forestall any worst-case scenario, and sleeping on matters also.
Besides, "good" thinking many not be enough; implementing thought-seeds until many of them bear good fruits may count for more if things go well. This is to say: sound and patent accomplishments might accomplish a lot more. Buddha's Gentle Middle Way brings thinking into a design for living. Newly formed basics in forming a nifty program are also here: [More]
Buddha's Middle Way holds that fair meditation crowns the living. It matters to transcend thinking. That is what Transcendental Meditation is designed for. It uses thinking to get beyond thinking for some time, with many good fruits in its wake. [◦ TM and TM fruits (researched results)]
It may be sound not to apply things as a non-expert unless it is safe. Some learn from the research findings and mistakes of others so as to get better lives themselves. Education is in part for that.
Positive thinking plays an important role in positive psychology. Careful, positive thinking involves being on the outlook for the brighter side of happenings. A danger is over-idealising a positive outlook while disregarding and ignoring the circumstances, drift of happenings, and surroundings.
While accommodating carefully to customs and common goals, you can make the best out of many situations.
It is wise to see what positive thinking may accomplish. If it leads to overoptimistic appraisals and futile attempts, the calculations that go into it have not been good enough.
Kind persons who give and forgive, may not realise that the good-hearted and kind ones may also undermine their own standing by giving or forgiving all too much.
To be plain realistic is hardly easy.
Browsing quotations on positive thinking, consider whether some may lack substance, or may not suit yourself, your background, overall circumstances or your partners, and may even help your enemies. Yet some quotations on positive thinking could help you, but who are they? There are many fooling or enticing, impressive-looking sayings around, but lacking substance.
Some offer sayings to live by, and from many sources, canons, and scriptures, but when their underlying faiths clash or don't agree, one or more faith is not perfect, and may not be suited. Sort out faiths that appear to help you on. Where evidence is missing, handle such ideas with care. That could help you above credulity. Kalama Sutta].
Take some time to study how to make quotations work for you by tick tack tao knowledge: that basic understanding may help - perhaps or perhaps not.
Shallow or deep or in between?
Consider, prepare the ground for the plants you are after, then plant. There may be no plants overnight, but if things go well, tender sprouts appear and develop. Treat them so wisely and well that they flourish.
The sensible way to get the most or best out of positive thoughts is to treat them like seeds, and sow them deep - not too deep in the wordless depths or heights within, but as fits for sprouting. Different seeds, different depths, a gardener knows.
A good idea to take to heart is much in accord with what is stated in Manu Samhita 2:85, that muttering prayers (read: affirmations also) is better than loud prayers, and silent, mental repetition is "a hundred times better". Maybe it is just ninety-nine - feel free to consider "hundred" a poetic device that allows for variance.
Go deeply in deep meditation first, charge the spirit and mind by that, and after a while add the magic words that may change your life if all goes as planned. This is referred to as sanyama by Patanjali, and should be welcome in Tibetan lojong training too, both Hindu and Buddhist forms. One thing is to hear of it, another is to practice it, and yet another is mastering it.
If you visualise yourself reaching a goal, it could help. [Hunt and Buzan 1999)
What is called superlearning works by calm repetitions. (Ostrander and Schroeder 1995)
Dogen, Eihei. 2004. Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation. Ed. Kazuaki Tanahashi. Boston, MA: Shambhala.
Gelb, Michael J., and and Tony Buzan. 1995. Lessons from the Art of Juggling. London: Aurum Press.
Hansard, Christopher. 2004. The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking: Skilful Thought for Successful Living. Mobius Paperback ed. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2004.
Hunt, Rikki, with Tony Buzan. 1999. Creating a Thinking Organization: Groundrules for Success. Aldershot: Gower.
Ostrander, Sheila, and Lynn Schroeder, with Nancy Ostrander. 1995. Superlearning 2000. London: Souvenir Press.
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