“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Baile
Let us look at the process described by swami Vivekananda to overcome unwanted thoughts.
“Sit for some time and let the mind run on. The mind is bubbling up all the time. It is like that monkey jumping about. Let the monkey jump as much as he can; you simply wait and watch. “Knowledge is power“, says the proverb, and that is true.
Until you know what the mind is doing you cannot control it. Give it the rein; many hideous thoughts may come into it; you will be astonished that it was possible for you to think such thoughts. But you will find that each day the mind’s vagaries are becoming less and less violent, that each day it is becoming calmer.
In the first few months you will find that the mind will have great many thoughts, later you will find that they have somewhat decreased, and in a few more months they will be fewer and fewer, until at last the mind will be under perfect control; but we must patiently practice every day. … It is a tremendous work, not to be done in a day. Only after a patient, continuous struggle can we succeed.”