“Citizens of Our Minds” by Shalini Kathuria Narang

Beyond towns, cities and nations,
We are all citizens of our minds.
Here we live, imagine, speculate and interpret,
Words, gestures, actions and reactions.

We visit our mind’s rooms often,
For the what’s, why’s, when’s and how’s of our lives.
Positive thoughts are fleeting, but negative ones flow easier.
Do you wonder why?

An unkind word can hurt for long,
An unthinking action can sting strong.
Wounds by loved ones are the worst,
Unreciprocated love troubles most.

No easy solution or remedy of sorts,
Thoughts are an uncontrollable lot.
How can I train my mind?
Not to be troubled with thoughts unkind.

Some say meditate,
Others say act,
Still others suggest ignore,
Do not speculate and store.

All noble suggestions,
How do I turn them into actions?
Uncontrollable mind is the worst master,
Giving in its ways, can lead to disaster.

Above all and beyond,
A controllable mind sound,
Can lead us to higher ground.
When some thoughts stop to pound.

Not easy, but a worthy goal,
For thoughts to not trouble our soul.
Staying for a bit, but not too long.
Keeping us in charge and strong.

A hold on one’s thoughts, is the biggest victory.
Can change bodily chemistry and the course of history.

© 2023  Shalini Kathuria Narang
All Rights Reserved

Shalini Kathuria Narang is a Silicon Valley based software professional and freelance journalist. She has reported for national and international newspapers, magazines and news sites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies including Starry Nights: poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley . She is a monthly contributor to Masticadores USA and has been published on Spillwords Press. Her blog site is:  Rhythm and Rhyme. She is originally from New Delhi and has settled in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters for 25+ years.

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  1. michnavs dice:

    There ‘s so much wisdom here.

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks Michelle. Our thoughts are powerful and help or harm based on what we focus on yet not always in our control.

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      1. michnavs dice:

        That is so true .❤️

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  2. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is a beautiful piece and full of many truths. Congratulations and many blessings, Joni

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks Joni. Just some random ramblings. 🙂

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        I thought it was quite beautiful. Sometimes when we write what is on our mind I think those pieces are often some of our best work. It was truly lovely. Many blessings, Joni

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      2. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

        Thanks. I am glad you liked it.

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