The world is more noise-polluted than it’s ever been. Likewise, the racket in our heads. The average person thinks 60,000 thoughts per day. These thoughts are mostly negative. They are also, by one estimate, 97 percent repetitive. This is the cause of tremendous suffering; And all of it is completely unnecessary. The mind wants you to feel badly about this. Don’t. No one does this on purpose. Clarity is charity.
According to Deepak Chopra, the average person has 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day. We’re not talking about original thought here. What we think today, we thought yesterday. And the day before that.
We begin to see when we become aware of a luminous glow around the edge of things. Until that happens, we’re mostly disenchanted and half-awake, looking again at what we’ve looked at before.
If I think the same thoughts over and over again, I’ve made my home in a rut.
At the heart of Tai Chi Chuan is this principle: Whatever comes, let it come. This is exactly what most of us don’t do. Instead, we re-act, stand against, do again what didn’t work the first time.