Of thoughts and feelings begins with control of movements, especially of our hands

March 10th 2015
If we are to control our feelings and thoughts, we must begin as early as possible observing the movements we make in daily life. This is the only way to develop the psychic faculties needed to control all instinctive forces. Until we have learned to exercise willpower in the smallest gestures of daily life, we will be unable to control emotions like hate, anger, scorn, disgust and the desire for revenge. You just have to observe yourself at the table to see that you do not control your hands. You wave your knife and fork around, knock against your glass, drum your fingers on the edge of your plate, crumble your bread, and so on. How do you think you are going to control more powerful impulses, if you have still not managed to control your hands? Even when you meditate, you do not always manage to keep them still. You want to achieve great things? Well, begin with the small things, for it is the small things that will one day succeed in shifting the big ones.