State of Mind

One's state of mind is the sum of the mental elements on which the conscious is focused. Among those elements are impulses, attachments, emotions and outlook.

A person's state of mind can be left up to chance, or it can be the result of a conscious effort to cultivate a specific state of mind. It could also be a combination of the two.

There are two ways to cultivate a particular state of mind: manipulation of external influences, and internal direction.