The way you think determines your actions. Next time you are
climbing, create space and become conscious of your thoughts.
Are Responsible for Thought and Memory
It is important to make our thoughts the object of mindfulness.
Professor David Bohm gives us an interesting analogy for thought.
He talks about when he first rode a horse. The man from whom
he was hiring the horse told him, “You must think faster
than the horse, or else you will go where the horse wants
to go.” Using this analogy of the horse as thought,
thought can also put us to sleep by its gentle comfortable
rhythm which we need to be careful of in every day life. Unless
we are aware and mindful of thought it can take us
off slowly in all sorts of directions. Bohm’s definition
of thought is that thought is not fresh, direct perception.
It is that which has been ‘thought’ – the
past carried through into the present. Thinking on the other
hand is in the present-fresh thought as opposed to reactive
thought. It is easy for us to be climbing a route and for
our thought to take control of us but if we practice mindfulness
we find that we can stand back from thought. Thinking is fresh,
in the present. It is not thought. Thought is stored in our
minds already. Thought can be an active set of reflexes just
like the knee reflex! Thought will never change unless we
see the source of it. Mindfulness allows us the possibility
of seeing thought more clearly. We will not just act habitually
or blindly on all the energy of thought but will act in a
mindful and skillful way.
Bohm, the distinguished theoretical physicist was considered
by Einstein as his 'intellectual son', and
by the Dalai Lama as one of his 'scientific gurus'.
your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.
Thoughts can lead to emotions.
If you think of something nice you will feel good, if you
think of something that you've done wrong you will feel bad
or guilty. Emotions also affect thought. When you're angry
or fearful you can't think clearly. Thoughts and emotions
can be like a stuck CD playing over and over again, popping
up unexpectedly, taking over our clear perception of what's
actually happening. Often they are insignificant, so it's
important to create space from these repeated emotions and
thoughts by being aware and mindful.
These thoughts and emotions also affect us neurochemically
in the body. For instance if you think that you're in danger
just before you get a piece of gear in when leading you may
start to feel fear and your sympathetic nervous system
(fight or flight) will be activated;
will start flowing, your breathing will become shallow and
maybe you will even hold your breath, your muscles will tense
from a lack of oxygen, your heart will beat rapidly. When
you have placed the gear you will probably adjust your body
position and feel safe again and your body will reach homeostasis.
The state of the body is profoundly affected by our thoughts
thoughts that drain your energy in a yoga posture or when
climbing. Notice the thoughts that support or create positive