Winnowing Your Thoughts

You need to avoid certain things in your train of thought: everything random, everything irrelevant. And certainly everything self-important or malicious. You need to get used to winnowing your thoughts, so that if someone says, “What are your thinking about?” you can respond at once (and truthfully) that you are thinking this or thinking that.

-Marcus Aurelius

Of course, I have written already that it matters what you fill your mind with, but this appeared on one of my feeds and I just had to grab it. The untrained mind will produce an untrained life. Mind training is not easy and probably never perfected, at least for just about everyone, but the benefits are still significant.

The physical act of truly tidying – i.e. discarding first what is unnecessary and burdensome – mirrors the philosopher’s thought quoted above. In fact, I see little difference between the two. They are inextricably intertwined and with some mindfulness, one can beget the other.

What else can I say? I thought it was worth sharing.

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2 thoughts on “Winnowing Your Thoughts

  1. Reblogged this on Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner and commented:
    Reblogging this because it- amazingly!- it dovetails quite well with something I was hoping to write Monday, but may not get around to.

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