It's all about thoughts, patterns of thought promote the recurrence of the same and similar patterns of thought, even at the physical level, the brain reorganizes according to these patterns.
In the Buddhist tradition, there are certain patterns of thought we are advised to acknowledge and avoid / replace by other more positive, being some of them:
- Hatred. Hateful thoughts even if not materialised, cause us harm, both spiritually and physically, a wise person foments compassionate and generous thoughts.
- Delusional thoughts. Any thoughts related with not seeing things as they are, believing things that are contradictory to naturals laws, to reality.
- Envy. We are not to compare ourselves to others, the comparing mind is one of the most powerful sources of unhappiness, sadly, competitiveness is a highly accepted value in the modern world.
I'm just starting my journey to a higher level of awareness, I've been to many schools of thought, but I think I've found a philosophy I can embrace.