Are you a thinker? Do you think or do you just emotionally react to your environment because evaluating its repercussions is too much work? Would you rather watch life on the internet or TV than go out and participate in it? Do you spend time designing your life to actualize your purpose or waddle in a vacuous membrane of ongoing distractions?
Yes, thinking is work. It is the ability to USE your conscious mind to reason, remember experiences and make rational decisions (dictionary.com). Also, it is the ability to employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with agiven situation (dictionary.com).
When you go the extra mile by observing the facts, evaluating their consequences and discerning their outcomes, you are employing the process of critical thinking. Critical thinking is the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion (dictionary.com).
It requires an open mind that rejects making conclusions until all of the facts have been collated and considered. It does not jump to conclusions based on sketchy information and seriously considers the source of any information. When you look at things as they are and don’t deny the existence of things outside of your purview, you have a level playing field for you to actually think about whetherthings are beneficial to yourselves and others.
If something doesn’t feel good to you after you have thought about it considerably, it is your emotional guidance system filtering down information that manifests as feelings that go beyond the logic of critical thinking. It is the balance between these two systems that allows you to make the right moves at the right time and with the right people to actualize your purpose.
Thinking rationally requires work. It means that you must thoroughly investigate the facts and information about the facts in order to separate it from opinion. Evaluation of the facts requires honesty in observance, accurate perceptions untainted by erroneous beliefs and removal of any and all yearnings to manifest a predefined agenda.
Wallowing in a pool of overwhelming emotion caused by incessant distractions is NOT the solution. Balanced thinking and feeling about your concerns and listening to the still small voice of God are the ways to navigate in the perceived dualistic reality. It will keep you focused and on point in becoming who you were created to be. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)