Time to think…about the 7 functions of the mind

7 lemons

“The proper work of the mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose and assent. What then can pollute and clog the mind’s proper functioning? Nothing but it’s own corrupt decisions.”
Epictetus, Discourses.

 

We perform these seven functions every day: we aim to make the right decisions and resist temptation, with the intention of becoming better in some way (no more so than during this ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ time of year). We try to avert ourselves from negativity and bad influences that repulse us, and, if we make time for it, we prepare for what might come, both good and bad. This is made easier if we have a clear and compelling goal, and if we accept what is and is not in our control – without deceiving ourselves.

 

What can corrupt our own decisions? What muddles our thinking and blurs our vision? Not allowing ourselves time to think.