The Wallpaper of Your Mind

If you can change your thoughts, you can change your life. Your thoughts make you who you are. With the power of your thoughts, you can achieve whatever you want… and so on.

This past week, I have been thinking about thoughts. My mind tends to wander a lot if I am not involved in something that takes up 100% of my thinking power. I often have one side of my brain in the realm of my stories and the other side of my brain focused on something practical like work. Then there are the times when my mind is basically empty, like when I’m driving. That’s when my thoughts trend toward the forbidden land of the past or toward something stupid I said during the day, so I end up annoyed at myself.

So I was thinking about how thoughts are like the wallpaper of your mind. You can put up dreary black wallpaper if you want to ensconce yourself in a deep depression, or you can spray graffiti all over the walls to make a statement, or you can try to put up something full of pleasant colors and patterns that will make you happy.

It reminded me of praying the Rosary. You purposely put up lovely mental wallpaper (the prayers), which allows you to create a space in which you can meditate on the Mysteries. If you’re like me, you focus way too much on putting up the wallpaper, so you never truly get to the meditation aspect, but sometimes it’s enough to tear down whatever dreary wallpaper you put up during the day and replace it with a pattern of roses.

Gaining control of your mind and refusing to linger on unpleasant or tempting thoughts can be a wonderful power. After all, cognitive behavioral therapy really does work and is an effective treatment for many illnesses of the mind, but it takes a great deal of effort. The good thing is that you don’t have to go to a gym to work your mental muscles; you can train your mind whenever you want.