Robin S. Sharma

“The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.”

The etymology of mind is memory. Memory is a wonderful servant as it allows us to learn from our past experiences, successes and failures, to make good choices going forward. Memory is a terrible master when it creates categories for our past experiences and we experience the present not freely as it is but as a function of the category in which we place it. The categories are like a prison. When we cannot experience the present as it is, free of associations with other experiences, we are prisoners of our mind. Prison guards, however friendly, rule over us.