Take this Harvey Weinstein guy. Total predator. Imagine that life of excess and super-wealth. You begin thinking that you can do anything and get away with it. Money and power and bad thoughts in a person’s head. Bad result.
It’s not just Weinstein. We are more exposed to a darker undercurrent that underlies institutions we once trusted. Surprise—there are total perverts in high levels of power and influence.
Yet it should be no surprise. A bit of self-honesty tells us we’re not perfect and many of us are deeply flawed. Well what’s going to happen when extreme wealth and power insulates you from repercussions? Some repressed impulses might suddenly be expressed, leading to all sorts of nefarious behavior.
Our duty in life is to overcome our internal flaws. This requires mental exercise. Forget paying attention to people like Weinstein and get control of your own thoughts and actions. For example Facebook addiction and smartphone addiction. These activities are examples of errant thought patterns that prevent deep thinking and concentration. Food addictions. TV. And so on. Control of the mental environment is key. If darker thoughts are traversing your consciousness, catch them, eliminate them, and replace them with something else, some sort of positive affirmation.
The trick here is to gain control of the mental environment—an awareness. One way to do this is the introspection technique. It’s a very valuable exercise that gets you to become aware of how you spend your time each day. It’s a great way to conclude the day, by remembering what you did and determining if it was good or not, a net increase or decrease.
The thing with Weinstein is that sometimes it just confirms our suspicions as to what is really going on. Troubling. But out of our control. What we can control is ourselves, and that begins by doing more of the things we know we should be doing and fewer of the things we know we shouldn’t.
Give the Introspection Technique a try. And if you’re interested in a great concentration exercise to control the thoughts, try Hong Sau. Note that the Hong Sau technique requires study and practice to do it correctly. It’s not a flippant recommendation–you’ll have to work to attain benefits.