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THOUGHT ManAgeMenT D. V. Madhusudan Rao Dept. MBA, School of Graduate Studies, Jigjiga University, ETHIOPIA Patent it . (IPR it) Raise $ 111 ___ illions ! The NEW Way!

Thought Management - Introduction:

Thought Management - Introduction Thought management is the greatest challenge that faces humanity today. It is a science as well as an art. Mental science offers a scientific basis for thought management. Yet, only by constant practice and application of various techniques one can become proficient in thought management. There has not been any comprehensive study on the subject of thought management. An attempt is made here to develop thought management as a valuable tool to guide our daily lives to improve the quality of our being. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 2


WATCH YOUR WORDS The first step towards thought management is checking our spoken words. Thoughts travel fast, and we may not be able to control them initially. But we all can control our words, and that which is negative should be uttered. We slowly get control over our thoughts once we start having control over the spoken word. The words we speak represent our innermost thoughts lurking in the secret chambers of our mysterious mind. Therefore it is imperative for us to check the words that come out of our lips. When you speak negatively you create a negative world, and when you speak positively you create a positive world. The choice of words we use in our everyday life determined the quality of our life. We must consciously watch the words we speak under all circumstances. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 3


TECHNIQUES OF THOUGHT MANAGEMENT Anchor thought Tortoise technique Bead Technique Chanting Reading scriptures Thought observation technique 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 4

1. Anchor thought:

1. Anchor thought Anchor thought : The first and foremost technique of Thought Management is “Anchor Thought Technique”. Under this technique, there is a predominant thought to anchor the mind at all times. Ancient Hindu Sages and their followers give to their disciples a ‘mantra’, or a holy word, to recite all the time when the mind is not preoccupied. The old saying that “An idle mind is a devil’s workshop” is a true statement. Whenever the mind is not occupied, it will entertain random undivine thoughts, which would lead the thinker to his or her peril. But if the mind is anchored on a mantra, it will not stray. The vibrations of the holy word will have a refreshing effect on the mind that it will remain calm and serene all the time. According to one’s mental make-up and religious beliefs, one can choose Anchor Thought. It could be the name of the Lord or a short hymn to Him, who pervades everything in the universe. In the beginning, this technique may seem peculiar, as you are not accustomed to anything like it. But after a couple of weeks, you will get used to it and the mind will enjoy it. It will keep the mind focused and refreshed. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 5

2. Tortoise technique:

2. Tortoise technique Tortoise technique: Just like a tortoise withdraws all its limbs to its shell, a man of perfection withdraws all his senses and the mind to himself. Here, the mind represents thoughts and we can draw our thoughts to focus on the third eye or the center spot between the eyebrows. The thought energy is no longer dissipated as it is focused on a focal spot and it will refresh the mind to focus on the third eye to get maximum relaxation. When thus relaxed respiration slows down, enabling all the cells to attain maximum rest . 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 6

3. Bead technique:

3. Bead technique Bead technique: In many religions, spiritual aspirants count the beads in a rosary or “ japamala ”. Every time you utter a holy word or mantra one time, you count one bead. The bead technique is also a method of settling the mind. Monotony is a stage in which the human mind is at rest. In the beginning, it is tough task to concentrate and coordinate the recitation and counting of the beads. As time goes on, one will get used to it and bead counting will become easy . 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 7

4. Chanting:

4. Chanting Chanting: Group chanting or individual chanting of the thousand names of the Lord, or Lord’s prayer, can help us manage our thoughts. The lead singer is followed by a number of people in the prayer group. The air in such circumstances is filled with a lot of emotion, and the singers all feel an uplifting spirit unleashed by the vibration. It is a good idea to participate in such chanting to manage one’s thoughts. Any person coming out of such a chanting prayer group has better control over his thoughts. The emotions coupled with the soothing music will lull the mind and, just like an infant after an active day sleeps to mom’s lullaby, our mind will enter a dormant state of inactivity conducive to creating a freshness of untold proportions . 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 8

5. Reading scriptures:

5. Reading scriptures Reading scriptures: Anyone who reads scriptures such as the Bible, Koran, Geetha or Ramayana will not only learn to manage thoughts, but will also be directing his thoughts toward his spiritual achievement. Everyone becomes the object of his or her thoughts. Reading scriptural truths will saturate the mind with divine feelings which bring a celestial harmony to the person doing it. Rather than starting the day with reading newspapers, which contain mostly disturbing news, always keep holy books with you and read them regularly in the morning. The semi-waking hours are particularly auspicious for reading because the passive mind during those hours tends to be in a state of peak reception. That is the best time to impress on it holy thoughts or positive loving thoughts. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 9

6. Thought observation technique:

6. Thought observation technique Thought observation technique: Thought Observation is probably the best technique of thought management. The process involves simply observing one’s thoughts. We must let the mind wander wherever it wants to go but keep following it with keep observation. The mind is like a monkey. It jumps from one object to another with sporadic speed and this technique enables us to follow it in its tracks. The key is that you are aware of the thoughts and, by practice; this awareness becomes sharper and sharper. In thought observation, it is imperative that you don’t criticize thoughts. They may be noble thoughts or very crooked or lustful thoughts depending upon the character of the individual. You observe you own thoughts as a witness as though you are not involved in the whole process of thinking. Taming the mind becomes very easy then, as it sharpens the perceptive process resulting form concentration only on thoughts. However untruly the mind appears to be, as it runs restlessly after objects of thought, it becomes tamed with this technique of thought observation. With practice, there stressed mind becomes restful as it dwells on a few thoughts and finally rests on one favourite dominant thought. When the mind slows down, you can anchor it with the “mantra” or a holy word. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 10


MEDITATION MEDITATION: Thought Observations a prelude to meditation. When you observe your own thoughts, the mind is looking at itself, it is reflecting on itself, and hence the meditative process is also called a reflective process. Our minds are by nature restless until they are tamed to calm down, stilling all those disturbing thoughts. When emotions run high, and thoughts run amuck, even a calm person becomes a victim of anger or rage. But with constant and faithful practice of meditation, observing one’s own thoughts, the habit of calmness is cultivated and such persons become habitually in control of their emotions. The greatest human challenge is managing one’s emotions, which cannot be achieved without managing our thoughts. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 11


MASTER or SLAVE? You can be either a master or a slave depending upon who controls your thoughts. As a master, you have absolute control over your thoughts, and you need not worry about uncontrollable thoughts. As a slave, anybody can control your state of mind, as you are easily influenced. A person who acts upon his own volition is a master of his own destiny, and has the willpower developed enough to act even under trying circumstances. A slave is one who always reacts to the actions of others and thereby becomes a floor mat for anybody to step over all the time. When you learn to manage your very thoughts, you learn to manage your very emotions and retain control of your mind. Take the approach that “nobody can insult me without my permission”. For example, if somebody addresses you as idiot or a fool, say “thank you very much”. The person who insulted you expected you to react but instead you acted. You did not fall for his comment. You know who you are, and you have learned to control your emotions and are therefore ready to act without becoming a victim of somebody else’s comments. When you train your thoughts, you also learn to act rather than react. You and you alone must have full dominion over the state of your mind. Thus intruding thoughts, or works or deeds of others, will have absolutely no influence on you. 5/21/2014 Madhusudan Rao.D.V. 12

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