Mind is the set of faculties including cognitive aspects such as consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgment, language, and memory, as well as noncognitive aspects such as emotions and instincts. It is one of the most mysterious things as it is sublime and elusive with no shape or structure to it.
Makes one wonder how our brain even created the mind such that it has the power to change our brain, body, energy as well as our physical reality.
The study and power of the mind have intrigued generations since time immemorial and the more that we discover seems less. Of course, we have tools to access and empower the mind, but it is believed that there’s so much more potential in the mind, waiting to be unraveled.
If you are someone like me, in awe of the magnificence of the mind, then this read is surely for you. We are going to uncover some lesser-known facts about the mind that will open up some ways to harness its unique powers.
Let’s dive into without much ado –
1. Your mind can change your life
With every thought, the brain gets wired and hence repetitive thoughts rewire the brain to get the same results over and over again. If you are not happy with the way your life is, change your thoughts. New thought patterns rewire the brain and with practice, the same neurons learn to work and wire together thereby changing your emotions, behaviors, actions, responses, and life.
2. THINKING IS SELF-TALK
All thinking is self-talk. Be mindful of the way you talk to yourself. Whether you call it covert speech, inner speech, speaking thinking, or self-talk, they are all the same. The auditory cortex of the brain records it all. There can be no thinking without simultaneous self-talk. Experiments have proved that the brain can hear us and process our thoughts to create life as it is and with the observation of the same, changes can be introduced to alter different aspects of our lives. Practicing mindfulness, observing one’s thoughts/self-talk, journaling, being in a non-judgmental state and choiceless observation are top keys to mastering the mind.
3. Multitasking is a myth
The network in our brain is made in such a way that our mind can only focus on one thing at a time. If a task is complex, many networks come together and hence if another task demands some of the same networks then, it’s not possible to focus on the other task simultaneously. Even when one feels that they are multitasking, they are only hopping from one task to the other and back. The start/stop switch in the brain enables one to do many tasks but we never truly do all the tasks at the same time. It can even cost us time, quality, and energy. Focus on the task at hand and then go to the next for faster results, improved quality as well as higher productivity. You were anyway never ‘multitasking’.
4. Labeling the emotion calms the mind and changes the brain
Whenever one feels distressed or overwhelmed, labeling the exact feeling/emotion helps in feeling more in control and to even feel at ease. The brain activity during distress is around fight-flight-freeze (amygdala) and once we label our emotion, the brain activity shifts to the thinking (prefrontal cortex). Naming the feeling/emotion as “sad”, “disrespected”, “hungry”, Exhausted”, “intimidated”, “scared”, “furious”, etc. helps in managing it better. It also helps us in not to respond impulsively. Labeling prevents us from getting distracted from our goals as we tend to increase our self-control. This, in turn, helps our brain to focus on techniques that can help us process our emotions in a better way.
5. MIND CAN TEACH THE BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER
The brain has a tendency to react more strongly to things it perceives as ‘bad’, say, dangers, threats, problems, errors, etc. as compared to things it views as ‘good’, such as, pleasure, possibilities, opportunities, etc. This is known as the negativity bias that leads to stress and anxiety and keeps us from being truly happy. The mind has the power to build new neural pathways to train the brain to be happier through various techniques like NLP, visualization, gratitude, self-love, and a lot more. So, when the mind focuses on the positive things that one has and would like to have, the brain responds, the body responds and life transforms!
Now that you know, the potency, grandeur, and magnificence of your mind, are you willing to step up and make your mind work for you and not against you?
Process this information and create a checklist for yourself to remind you daily of the actions that will help you be more productive and happier.
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