Custody Of The Mind
Updated: Feb 17
You can recognise those moments when you’re just overcome by some recurring thought or emotion.
These little ideas or curiosities that tend to just pop into your head, distracting you, stealing your attention and redirecting you against your will.
It’s nice to live in a world of wonder.
It’s nice to be curious about the world and your place in it.
But be weary, for some curiosities can quickly become unhealthy obsessions and lead you astray.
Obsessions have their way of attaching themselves to you and infesting you,
Until and often against your will, you eventually lose custody of your mind
No longer in control, passively giving it up to the powers that be.
It’s the idea of following a thought down a path, until you've completely lost sight of where it came from,
Lost sight of where you are going,
And lost any grasp of reality and the possible consequences.
It’s at this point, that you’re no longer in charge.
But if you are no longer in control, who or what is?
An interesting question;
A question that has been grappled with for centuries.
Point being, relinquishing custody of your mind, leaves it susceptible to influences.
Influences which rely on you to wilfully cooperate with them, until eventually they embed themselves within you, like an infestation.
And like any infestation (or infection), the goal is to rid ourselves of the corruption, to return to our state of homeostasis.
Reclaiming custody of your mind, but also of your heart – therefor involves a process of purification
A return to yourself and a reconnection with your original nature.
This includes the cultivation your spirit, your will and character through conscious daily practice.
And limiting yourself from cooperating with these influences, but maintaining a conscious presence
Being able to recognise any deviations to your state in the moment it arises,
So as not to allow them to develop into obsessions capable of consuming you in ways that could be rendered destructive.
This could be as simple as learning to let go of a thought, instead of allowing it to take root.
And in recognising what’s festering within you, as it begins to fester, so you’re able to properly redirect your attention
Because you can’t always control your thoughts or where they come from.
You can’t always control your emotions and how you feel.
But you do have an independent will, and your will does have considerable influence over what you choose to give your attention to and on how you choose to act (what you do).