~~~~~This is an exerpt from The Tibetan Art of Serenity by Christopher Hansard.~~~~
The thoughts that we have are very powerful, whether we know it or not. So when we learn
to control our thoughts, we have achieved great inner power. Each person's thoughts connect
them with all other people, and so the energy of thought is enormous. A thought is not just
a small, private awareness that disappears, but a unit of energy, which remains present in
the world and has an effect on everything around us. Therefore it is vital to choose your
thoughts with care. Thoughts not only carry themselves to others, but they lead us to our
behaviour and actions. So choose to let negative, unkind or self-defeating thoughts go.
Concentrate on thoughts that support yourself and others in leading good lives and achieving
peace and contentment.
Nothing in the world is as sacred as the integrity of your own mind. When you truly experience
this for yourself, you have achieved inner power.
When we take time to see the influence of our thoughts, and subsequent actions, upon our
loved ones, friends, family and even enemies, we understand that what has passed behind us
and what may be before us are insignificant compared to what lies within us.
Use the power of your thoughts wisely, use it to connect yourself to others, to achieve your
dreams and to believe in yourself.