Firstly, to address a common misunderstanding about what it means to keep good company.
Good company does to necessarily mean physical people.
Keeping good company ultimately refers to the quality of the thoughts you keep which are influenced by everything you experience on a daily basis, including but not limited to people. In addition to the people we talk to influencing our general thought patterns, the books we read, movies we watch, music we listen to, food we eat, whatever we look at – it all influences our thoughts – and it all is really ‘the company we keep.’
So, to keep good company means to keep good thoughts.
Ideally, we can surround ourselves with living examples of people we greatly admire, respect, and look up to. Although, if we don’t know where to find such people or they live far away, we can still keep elevated thoughts and good company by reading high quality books like the scriptures. Also, we can purchase or watch online lectures and satsangs given by spiritual teachers or whoever we admire. We can also watch inspirational movies, look at beautiful art, and listen to classical music. We can also simply sit and imagine that we are sitting in a circle with people we admire – from the past or present – and hold a conversation or simply sit and be with them. Just imagining being in the Presence of Jesus or the Buddha is an incredibly powerful practice, and holding that energy for a few moments can uplift our entire experience of reality.
As we think, so we become.
Consciously design your own environment so that it directs your thoughts to focus on that which you would like to become. Put pictures of the saints and sages all around you if that is the direction you’d like to evolve in. Or pictures of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – whatever resonates with you most.
Every thought counts. For the benefit of us all, please think lovingly…or whatever God Wills! 🙂
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!