The Self-Portrait


“Watch your thoughts; they become words. 
Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”  – Lao Tzu

Who am I and who do I want to be? That is probably a question we ask ourselves quite rarely in our daily lives filled with sensual sensations, movement, media, adverts, daily news, etc. Our restless mind is constantly looking for distraction because that is its nature and the only thing it is used to.

According to Lao Tzu, who we are today is the result of our actions done in the past. The actions we do are the result of our thoughts. So basically we are today what we thought yesterday and become tomorrow what we think today. Are we aware of what we think? Do we observe the processes in our minds? How many actions happen consciously? Is it our will directing us or rather our habit? Did we know that we shape our future self in every moment?

“I shouldn t have done this”, “I m such an idiot”, these are expressions of regret, ignorant of the fact that all of us are evolving being, making mistakes as we go and as we grow. We are constantly moving to the edge of our own being, pushing it, moving through friction to pass into new levels of consciousness. It is there where it happens often unwillingly, unconsciously and effortless. Often however we move away from our potential, into a world of more regret and suffering on different levels of our being. We fail to have our needs met, to identify our feeling and speak them out, to ourselves as well as to others.

Approaching the edge with mindfulness however makes us realise, move on and shape our next step, our next being that evolves out of ourselves. Regret is replaced with patience and effort, ignorance with intention and assertiveness. We know that a positive being evolves from positive thought; affirmative thinking is the force that is pushing the edge. We draw the picture of our new selves as we go with every thought that enters our mind, every word spoken by our mouth and every action done by our hands.

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