Do You Try to Tame Your Mind?

Do you love your mind? I’ve never met anyone who did. The mind is the hardest part of ourselves to love because we feel trapped inside it–not all the time but in those moments when trouble breaks in. Fear has a way of roaming the mind at will. Depression darkens the mind; anger makes it erupt in uncontrollable turmoil.

Ancient cultures tend to echo the notion that the mind is restless and unreliable. Metaphors won’t get you to a place where you can love the mind; you have to find the actual experience of peace and calmness on your own.

The secret for doing that is to free the mind. When it is free, the mind settles down. It gives up its restlessness and becomes a channel for peace. How, then can you set your mind free? You need to understand how it became trapped in the first place. Freedom isn’t a condition you can simply step into by unlocking the door or breaking a set of shackles. The mind is its own shackle.

When they tried to understand how the mind traps itself, the ancient Indian sages devised the key concept of samskara (from two Sanskrit word roots that mean ‘to flow together’). A samskara is a groove in the mind that makes thoughts flow in the same direction.

Buddhist psychology makes sophisticated use of the concept by speaking of samskaras as imprints in the mind that have a life of their own. Your personal samskaras, built up from memories of the past, force you to react in the same limited way over and over, robbing you of free choice (i.e., choosing as if for the first time).

Samskaras are not silent. These deep impressions in the mind have a voice; we hear their repeated messages as words in our heads. Is it possible to figure out which voices are true and which are false? This is an important question because it isn’t possible to think without hearing some words in your head.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).


Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma3 years ago

Thank you!

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

All the time. I take Zoloft to help me sleep.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Nils Lunde
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Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

..identify..the inner dialogue....endless tapes on loop..frantic yet benign..Like hand prints in the cement of soul..nothing more than a distraction?...great for inner practice if one can see it as a tool rather than an enemy....Walk step step..thru the mayhem and madness of that part of ones mind..neither one side or the other.....It is ur testing time..the path widens with each successful navigation...for us all...x

jayasri amma
jayasri amma6 years ago

All I can say is Thank You

heather g.
heather g6 years ago

I've seen Deepak up-close and was enthralled to hear one of his talks .... However, I didn't have the occasion to tell him that I love my mind.
If one spends most of one's life-time being disciplined about meditating and dare I say, reading certain books by Deepak and other inspiring writers, one reaches the stage of life when it is possible to love one's mind.
I love my mind so much that I enjoy sweet dreams each night .....don't suffer from a bad conscience. When others have been nasty it does play on my mind a little, until I remind myself that that their behaviour relates to their unfortunate state of being, not mine.
Admittedly, I've reached a time in my life where my memory needs a bit of oiling on occasions with regards to quiz question answers, names, etc. It's not the worst thing that can happen.... breathe deeply and clear the mind !!

Darren Gregory
Darren Gregory6 years ago

Journal writing taught me how to listen to my own thinking. The key is to simply write to hear your thoughts inside your head. Do not judge-do not censor. It's from here I was able to BEGIN to make conscious choices about what I mull around-and then take better control of my actions in living. It may take professional guidance to help ourselves with this. I used to fall into the trap that "stigma" assigns to seeing a "psychologist" or a "shrink". Toss any worries aside and find someone to guide you should you discover how painful your own thinking can be! We don't need to hold on to our journals as treasures and risk the pain of someone betraying a trust-it's okay to write stuff down-just to hear it and "get it out" and ceremonially burn, each day, the paper we've written on-with a prayer for God to take this from us! It works!!!!

Diana G.
Diana G6 years ago

take out the trash -- the trash that's in your mind!

Uma Chernoff
Uma Chernoff6 years ago

To my way of thinking: Mind is part of the Infinite All That Is, an extension of Omniscience, All Mind, one of it's three determining factors. My mind, the part I identify as my self, an extension of the divine we are all extensions of. My brain is a product of my mind, not vice verso.Consciousness isn't an accidental vapor arising from the bubbling brain but rather creation proceeds from the subtle to the gross.