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  1. Have you ever tried to meditate? Stop the flow of thoughts and focus on your breathing? Did you succeed? Are you able to fully meditate every day? If you answered “yes” to all these questions, you can be congratulated – You are in control of your thoughts.

    But I think most people don't find it so easy to meditate: the mind works non-stop and is completely unable to concentrate. We are restless, thoughts bombard us all the time we are awake, often we can not get rid of obsessive thoughts. All this is quite difficult to call control. And if you take into account how many thoughts are simply imposed on us from the outside, and we simply perceive them uncritically, it may seem that we have absolutely no control not only over our own thoughts, but also over our whole mind, and therefore our life.

    But the situation can be changed. The meditation I have already mentioned helps a lot, but you need to be prepared for the fact that at first nothing will work out, and the mind will cling to everything in a row. Here it is important not to give up and train concentration as a muscle. In general, the habit of getting out of the flow and “surfacing” in the present helps a lot to develop awareness, and therefore self-control.

    The so-called Eastern philosophy and practices will be useful in mindfulness practice. Traditional Western philosophy, unfortunately, does not teach mind control at all, elevating it to the status of the main and only criterion of humanity. In fact, classical Western philosophy makes us slaves to the mind, which is supposed to be our servant-a useful tool that we can control like any other part of the body.

    Only by becoming the master of your mind can you control yourself, your thoughts, and your life.

  2. First of all, you need to answer the question of what is “we” or”I”. If you know, then the answer is obvious. However, not everything is so simple. Many people think of” we ” as our body. Oh, right? And mogzy? Who rules the body and where thoughts swarm? So “I” is the brain?

    “I” is the neural connections in the brain. But every day, a certain number of connections are destroyed, and a certain number are formed again.

    Thoughts are also neural connections that are anchored in our brain. That is, thoughts and” I ” are one and the same thing.

    Therefore, there is no one to control and no one controls. I repeat – “I” and thoughts are one process of neurogenesis in the brain. Be healthy!

  3. This is one of the many questions here on Zen that clearly demonstrates that correct questions are no less difficult to formulate than correct answers.

    “We control our thoughts” = ” learn to control yourself.” What exactly does this mean? That you are in your head and that your thoughts are relatively independent and that you can control them? And how can you control them, if not with your thoughts, which are also yours?

    In general, it seems that psychologists raise the disease of split personality in the theory of its functioning-consciousness, subconsciousness, ego, superego, but in fact the same body is perishable, how it works and works and self-control is nothing more than an illusion. Putanniki.

  4. A person cannot control his thoughts, if someone says that it is not so, he is not true. Remember the song “my thoughts are my horses” it really is. Only in deep meditation can you feel your thoughts go away, but not permanently. Thoughts don't ask whether to come to you or not, they are always there. And not one person can't get rid of them, or control them. With respect.

  5. Almost everyone's thoughts-programs control us, creating illusions of perception of the world, ourselves, and experiences…

    But by choosing, despite the inertia of birth, Yourself, the person in you, allowing yourself to question family and social values and ideas, you begin to create thinking that controls thought programs.

  6. I think, therefore I exist, or I think, therefore I exist. Man exists as a thinking being under compulsion. Try stopping the flow of your thoughts to zero? Well, do you understand what I'm talking about?

  7. It is correct to put it another way: Do we control our emotions? Or do emotions drive us through life?

    And when you realize that emotion can affect us with three levels of power:

    • I just thought about it.

    • I thought about it and said.

    • I thought about it and said it so convincingly that I just did it.

    Then consider that you have already begun to understand yourself and how your engine works.

    This is about the same as the driver of a car who understands how the engine works, can hear for himself and determine whether the engine is working properly and you can rely on it for a long trip to the sea. Or you need diagnostics and some kind of repair (like an oil change or a major repair with a bulkhead).

    Or a fool with him with an engine, we will drive carefully, not far from the apartment and better – on public transport.

    Just like a man who does not understand himself and does not control himself, whose thoughts are uncontrollable and constantly rush like a mad monkey through the trees. Sometimes he wants this, sometimes he wants that, sometimes he can't bring himself to do either…

  8. Both yes and no, at the same time. We can, by concentrating on individual points, details, aspects, control the general direction of the course of thinking, but we, in fact, are not able to control the thoughts to the full extent, the analysis, and even more so the final result.

    The coincidence of the plan and the result of the analysis is a sign of either genius, or simplicity of the solution or problem, or … hopeless stupidity.

  9. This is a very simple question.
    Thought is an extension of emotion. First there is a desire, then you start to “think” how to satisfy it. Emotion arises without asking the intellect and reason. It appears in a ready-made form as a given.
    Emotion is a command from the limbic part of the brain to achieve the following six goals: food, reproduction, dominance, safety, novelty, and energy conservation. All these goals are consistently developed by evolution and do not belong to sapiens. It is automatically driven towards these goals without being able to come up with its own goal.
    If these goals are not available to you right now, intelligence comes into play and you begin to “think” about how to still achieve the above.
    Further, the intellect begins, based on the available information in the brain, to build a scenario leading to the achievement of these six goals.
    Sapiens calls this process of creating an intelligent scenario for achieving six goals ” thinking.”
    In addition to its own scenarios, sapiens can use or evaluate other people's ready-made scenarios or judgments. This assessment is again made by the limbic system of the brain and manifests itself as an emotion. That is, uncontrolled. For example, when reading this text, you feel an emotion of approval or disapproval. Does this emotion belong to you or not, given that it appeared without asking you? Think about it.
    Ergo: since sapiens is not able to think of a purpose for existence other than the six evolutionarily developed ones listed above, in this sense, his judgments do not belong to reason at all.
    However, the mind, having looked at the insignificant result in terms of achieving goals, can join the process on its own. The result may no longer be limbic, but an intellectual reaction. Your intelligence tells you that to build better scenarios, you need to fill your brain with information. You begin to learn consciously, and not under the influence of emotions.
    As a result of continuous learning, you can get closer to a state where your thoughts will no longer be an extension of uncontrolled emotions, but will become independent of them. From this point on, it is no longer limbic, but your mind that will begin to determine your “thoughts”. Thoughts will become your own. This is how science works.
    But the goals will remain the same: food, reproduction, dominance, safety, novelty, and energy savings, first for yourself and then for society.
    The summary is as follows: thoughts of a sapiens can belong to a well-filled brain, but the goals to which these thoughts lead do not belong to him.

  10. This question cannot be answered unambiguously, because the degree of awareness is different for all people. For the most part, a person is a puppet of the culture in which he was brought up. We come to this world as a blank sheet and culture fills it, we begin to consider these letters as ourselves, but we are not a text, but a sheet. Anyone who remembers this is not controlled by their thoughts at that moment. I suspect that many will die without regaining consciousness.

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