The mind has its own voice, this is the internal voice you hear every day. These involuntary thought processes are seen as normal, if only because these conversations you have with yourself are not conducted out loud. If they were, people would think you were mad. While these thoughts help us to analyze the world around us, they aren’t always relevant to the situation in which you find yourself at the moment. This voice makes comments, speculates, judges, compares, complains, likes, dislikes, and so on, but may not do so at the right times to be helpful. You can learn to stop this flow of thought, preventing it from pulling in negativity and worry. Because the mind draws from your past and the culture you are brought up in, you only get a distorted view of what you see. It is based in judgment, brought forth from the past. You can free yourself from the mind, from this voice, by “watching the thinker.” Pay attention and observe the voice, what it plays in your head. Do so impartially and without judgment. Once you do this, you can feel your presence rising from beyond the mind. Remember: A mind is a tool that shouldn’t be allowed to take over you.