[Happy Talk] Filling Up Today with Good Thoughts and Minds, Dr. Hyunsoo Jeon

2013. 11. 13. 09:00


Filling Up Today with Good Thoughts and Minds, Dr. Hyunsoo Jeon



“Stop what you’re doing for a moment and think of something. What did you think about?”

The hero of the ‘Happy Talk,’ a lecture prepared by the Corporate Culture Team of Hyosung HR Development Center, is Dr. Jeon, the author of <Instruction Manual for Thoughts>. Over 100 Hyosung employees seated at the auditorium closed their eyes in unison according to his guidance, as he calmly began his story of ‘thoughts’ with peaceful eyes.



The Essence of Thinking: It is not just to think, but that comes up according to conditions.



“People generally think that ‘thoughts’ are something they come up with. But to say the conclusion first, thoughts are ‘phenomena’ that occur regardless of your efforts or will. It was a great turning point in my life to realize that ‘thoughts’ occur beyond my control.

 

Dr. Jeon first figured out the true colors of ‘thoughts’ while learning about meditation at a meditation center in Yangon, Myanmar in the summer of 2003. The action of the mind including thoughts is so fast that it is tough to see it as it is without observing it closely. All sufferings actually do not exist but are due to ‘thoughts’ that come to mind as you see the reality. Moreover, we can see from a close examination that thoughts are not something we come up with, but are something that comes to mind. As it rains and the wind blows depending on conditions, our thoughts come to our minds depending on conditions as well.


“Thoughts emerge from the tank in which they are entered. Imagine a tank filled with water or gas. That tank is extremely high in capacity. One of the things that are entered in this tank as we live emerges as a ‘thought’.”



 “One of the characteristics of people who have illness of the mind is that they have too many thoughts.”



“Thoughts emerge from the tank in which they are entered. Imagine a tank filled with water or gas. That tank is extremely high in capacity. One of the things that are entered in this tank as we live emerges as a ‘thought’.”


The two characteristics of a think tank described by Dr. Jeon are that it is extremely high in capacity and that it cannot be deleted. Once something is entered in the massive tank, it cannot be deleted completely, and that’s why one must be careful about what things are entered. So Dr. Jeon tries not to see things he do not want inside the tank, and not think about things he does not want to recall. Like the way bacteria enters the scarred skin, we must be careful not to enter just about anything in the tank.

 

He defines ‘thoughts’ as ‘an occurrence of something different and unrelated to what you are currently doing,’ that is, ‘the mind going to the past or the future.’ He states that it brings distress to the mind.



All sufferings actually do not exist but are due to ‘thoughts’ that come to mind as you see the reality.



Dr. Jeon introduced actual cases of the patients who become ill after agonizing over tough things in life, and said, “Being wrapped up in your own thoughts that do not help you solve actual problems only lead to the illness of the mind.”



Controlling Thoughts: The Key to Happiness is to Set Your Mind on the Present



Dr. Jeon requested not to suffer in the past or future, but relax in comfort in the present. If our minds are in the present, we can calmly accept the present without anger, anxiety, apprehension, excitement or thrill, which are products of the past or future.


Toward the end of Dr. Jeon’s lecture, a Hyosung employee asked, “How can we stop the ‘thoughts’ from flowing at that moment and focus on the present?” Declaring that it is an extremely important question, Dr. Jeon answered:



 “How can we stop the ‘thoughts’ from flowing at that moment and focus on the present?Dr. Jeon who gave a ‘Happy Talk’ and Hyosung employees who spent a meaningful time by listening to the lecture



“So far I’ve explained a few ways to control your thoughts, but not all of you might understand this answer. Only, if you keep bringing up this question by reading many good books and cultivating your minds, you will find the answer to this profound question.”


Many people in the society think repeatedly about the difficulties and distress at work, and suffer from worrying about things that did not even happen. If we fully set our minds on the present like Dr. Jeon’s advice, we will certainly be able to enjoy a healthier and happier life.

 


Hyosung employees▲ Dr. Jeon who gave a ‘Happy Talk’ and Hyosung employees who spent a meaningful time by listening to the lecture



Written by Lee Ha-young,

Photographed by Han Su-jeong (Day40 Studio), 

Conducted by Pyo Hee-sun (Communication Team)



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