Mind is the forerunner of all evil states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with a wicked mind, suffering follows one, even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draft-ox.
Mind is the forerunner of all good states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows one, even as one’s shadow that never leaves.
~ from the Dhammapada
Our experience in life is a reflection of our thoughts and reactions. The tone we put out reflects into our experience. We increase our awareness when we understand this.
The Buddhist tradition simply defines right (harmonious) thought as those states that are free of greed (alobha), free of ill-will (adosa) and free of the delusion of taking things personally (amoha).
Freedom From Greed and Ill-will
Practicing generosity, kindness and good will frees us from the fear of stingy thinking, and allows us to have a prosperous image of ourselves. This prosperous image reflects into our experience as much and we can allow it to.
Freedom From Delusion
Our views, ideas and beliefs are a result of our past conditioning. They support our delusive perspective and our habitual reactions to life. Why take them personally? Maintaining a sense of humor about the tendency to take perception and beliefs personally allows the freedom to shift and develop our personality.
With the practice of mindful allowing we can release our conditioning. The simplest techniques that can be used in daily life work the best. The simplest way I’ve come across is to remember to always keep a subtle gentle smile. This keeps us mindful of any tensions that come into our body due to our delusive perspectives. When we continually remember to recognize and release tension, we will naturally recognize and release the past beliefs that made us uptight.
When practiced consistently, this practice leads to a balanced and joyful mind.