May 3, 2022 | Acharya Prashant
Questioner (Q): How to train our mind so that we have a say over our senses and our thoughts? For example, we have a big target we want to achieve, and we know that waking up early is a good habit. But despite knowing this, many distracting thoughts come up and we waste time watching some videos or Netflix late into the night. How to get out of this cycle?
Acharya Prashant (AP): Don’t sleep at all. Don’t sleep at all, and there would be no problem such as waking up at the right time or missing waking up at the right time.
See, you cannot be trained into these things. It is a matter of love. The thing is that our entire system, our education, our neighborhood, the way we are brought up, it stifles all spontaneity. In fact, we become afraid of our spontaneity, even more so, if I may say, as a woman. So, we want to be educated even in love. We want to be trained even in these matters.
If you know something is right, if you really know something is right, you just do it; you don’t wait to be trained for it, no? Or maybe this is something I just cannot wrap my head around, but I have always failed to comprehend how one can claim that one knows something to be right and still does not do it or does not commit herself to it. The only explanation can be that you really do not know it fully yet.
Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More