Our brain is the most powerful tool in our possession. With it, man was able to surpass his weaker physical condition and dominate over the other stronger animals. With its use, he was able to build civilizations, sea and sky vessels, solve mathematical equations, realize gravity, construct space crafts, discover the cure for many life-threatening diseases while building a worldwide web of information, communication, and data.
In contrast, while our brains can be our greatest asset, they can also be our worst enemy. The voice inside our heads often times impairs our well-being. We regularly doubt ourselves, heavily criticize our actions and create inner fear for our life and our circumstances. It is not long before we become victims of our own thoughts, altering our perception of reality and slowly damaging the world around us.
So many people fail to realize that when the mind is uneasy it’s because it doesn’t fulfill its potential or because it is unable to work in alignment with an individual’s life task. Essentially if our brains are not appreciated and stimulated, they will end up becoming dull and create problems in order to keep functioning in some form.
Understand: Every human being is like a computer, while an organism with flesh and blood. Every neuron, every muscle, every bone in the neuromuscular system, all the organs and hormones are in the direct control of the brain. If the brain isn’t used properly then there will be a disturbance in the entire machine.
Whenever you are stressing yourself over a problematic relationship, or because difficulties have risen at work, your mental and physical state takes a toll. If this thinking process becomes a repetitive action and expands in more areas of your life you will start noticing both physical and mental symptoms of illness. That illness can transform into an inability to express your feelings and ideas. Anxiety, stress, mood changes will follow and ultimately end to depression and deterioration of your mind and body.
We are byproducts of our thoughts and ideas but at the same time, we are byproducts of the stories we tell ourselves and the perception we have for both our inner and outside world.
Understanding The Nature Of Thoughts & Ideas
Our Tendency To Separate The World In Pieces
As human beings, we like to break down the world into bits of information, often times forgetting the bigger picture and the oneness of the world as a whole. This is a skill we formed from the beginning of our lives as it is impossible for a newborn child to take in the entirety of existence and the excessive information. In essence, it is a technique we adopted in order to protect ourselves from the external world.
As we grow older we transfer that same tendency in adulthood, and while this is still to protect us and enable to process information often times it leads to negative results. This is apparent when we feel happy and our bodies are open and free and most of the times we able to notice it. In contrast, when we are unhappy, or anxious we are closed down and tend to separate our bodies from our minds often neglecting the fact that we may be breathing incorrectly or have tightness in our stomach, or something that happened that day has unconsciously affected us in a harmful way.
The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.
Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system[….]To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison hole. But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day to day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. Read More
Realizing The Nature Of Ideas
While many people like to make a distinction between ”good” and ”bad” ideas it is better to realize that ideas and thoughts are neutral, parts of the conscious and unconscious mind. A ”bad” thought isn’t really bad. Your attitude toward an idea is bad. So the next time you label a thought as ”ill-will”, personally note that it is your approach towards that thought that ultimately makes you ill-will.
Know Thy Self: Living A Happy Life With A Peaceful Mind
Every person’s definition of happy life is different. What’s same is the fact that we all want to be able to do the things we like, experience life and share it with the people we love. To do that our mind needs to be in good use and in peace.
If we want to be happy, strong and positive no matter the hardships, we have to condition our brains to operate in that way, and this can occur with a healthy thinking process and proper expression. Expression not only of our hopes and dreams but also our fears and passions. Expressing not only the ”good” but the ”bad” as well.
Expression can take the form of a conversation, or dancing, training, meditating or walking. Before we can learn how to express whatever we feel, we first have to come to grips with ourselves and accept all that we are. Consequently, bestowing negative judgment on ourselves should be replaced with constructive evaluation and improvement. The most important benefit of expression is the fact that we debunk our ”evil thoughts” and we are able to see the situation with a clear eye. Then we can start building our character.
Entertain All Thoughts
In continuation, as mentioned above, stop labeling your thoughts and actions as ”good” or ”bad.” Entertain all thoughts, question existence and our place in the universe. Don’t be personally identified with anything in your life and don’t get too attached to the stories you tell yourself because that leads to personal identification with something that may no longer express you as a person. Besides, we ought to be open to change and surpass our current state if we are to attain an improved future state.
Before concluding this article I would like to remind you that in order to entertain all ideas, not be afraid of any thought and live with a fearless and sane mind, one must study and attain knowledge of life. Sources of information are the sciences that focus on human’s journey through life and the effects of society in this journey.
Every man and woman ought to study philosophy in general and more specifically the teaching of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, who even though lived thousands of years ago, weren’t afraid to question life and create different theories about ourselves, society and the world. In addition study psychology and the theories of Freud and Jung about the unconscious mind, the ego and the individual archetypes. Study sociology, anthropology and literature to learn the different theories and ideas of highly intellectual individuals. Sociologists like Michel Paul Foucault, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber or anthropologists like Claude Lévi-Strauss and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau or Mark Twain.
In closing, experiment with life and the different experiences. We are all given ideas, some of which are very useful and some are not. Like a philosopher search for truth but always remember that too much logic makes the sane, insane. Aspire for a awaken consciousness and not one that lives in fear and doubt. Take care of your vessel. Don’t let your body decay your mind, nor your mind decay your body. Be mindful of what happens inside of you and outside you. If negative or ”crazy” thoughts trouble you don’t try to solve the problem in the head but rather express it with your body by dancing, training, meditating and generally through the means that allow you to express energy and be in peace.
We all have thoughts that scare us. That’s good. Being scared means you are alive. At the same time, fear means you either make the choice to be brave or coward. Don’t let the inner chatter stop you from improving yourself. Be bold and search for whatever is inside you, so you can live the life you want.