You Are What You Have Thought
Burnaby, British Columbia
It makes sense to follow the trail under the skytrain as it acts as a canopy from the rain. It was actually a drizzle...mercy for the plants. B.C is known as a place of lush greenery. It's flag is marked with the image of the sun which is somewhat misleading. It's a mild climate.
My walking partner, Nipuna, and I passed by a housing construction crew as we left the shelter of the skytrain. One worker was warm with a greeting, and another was just a little shy of being grumpy. It's my speculation that 50% of people who rise in the morning get up on the wrong side of the bed and the other 50% are excited about the day.
Nipuna and I proceeded on. We stopped briefly to read what had been spray painted on the pavement near where we were standing. In bold black it read, "You are what you continually think about." I thought it was a profound statement, echoing a message from the Bhagavad-Gita. For instance, in verse 8.6 Krishna states, "yam yam vapi smaran bhavam...Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail."
In other words, if you are constantly processing hate for example, this mood will move you in the next term into a body suited for expressing aggression. If one is motivated by love and kindness, then a body suited to embody these qualities will be the end result. The warning about what you consume is obvious. That word of caution holds true for what enters the mind and the mouth.
It was George Bernard Shaw, who stated, "You are what you eat!"