Your mind is an interpreter, it interprets what you see, hear or feel, and your reaction depends on this interpretation. If you have a positive mind you will react positively to challenges you come across in your path. You will have a greater chance of surviving than a person with a negative mind. If you have the negative mind the slightest thing will cause you great upset or provoke an intense reaction, and your happiness quickly turn into disappointment and despair. Life satisfaction drops. A person with a positive is not easily moved, even by tragedy, because he simply tells himself that it is only a moment that will pass.
I once read a story about a person with a positive mind. He was respected by the community, and people would come to him for advice on personal matters and spiritual teaching. Then it happened that a neighbour’s teenage daughter fell pregnant, and when questioned by her angry parents about the father of her unborn baby, she accused this noble man. Her parents confronted him in anger, all he replied was, “Is that so?” This was a huge scandal that ruined his reputation, but he remained unmoved. He took care of the child after birth, although he was not the father. Only a year later the young lady identified the real father. Her parents went to apologise to their neighbour. His response was, “Is that so?” and handed over the baby. This could have easily ended up in a law suit, but it didn’t.
The lesson to learn here is to control your mind not to mind things that really don’t matter and just do what ought to be done, in this case taking care of the baby, never who is the father. Train your mind to let go, and live peacefully. You are what you are and where you are because of what’s gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind. Nothing happens in your life without you thinking about it. Your thoughts determine your life experiences and dictates the life that you live. Hence you must always think positive, utter positive words, and live a good life.
CONNECTION BETWEEN MIND AND BODY
There is a strong connection between your mind and your body. A healthy body equals healthy mind. What we think and feel has a powerful influence on our bodies. On the other hand, what we do with our physical body (what we eat, how much we exercise, even our posture) can impact our mental state. Hence exercise and meditation plays a vital role in alleviating mood disorder. Exercise aids in relieving stress by producing the feel-good neurotransmitters along with endorphins which help in mood regulation. Meditation is the instrument of the mind that can help you create profound changes in your body and psyche, and produce altered states of consciousness. It eradicates stress from your nervous system, making you calm and making your sleep more restful.
When your blood pumps through your body properly your brain functions at optimum level, you feel young, alive and healthy. You sleep peacefully, your cells rejuvenate, and you wake up fresh and energetic – ready to take on any task. But when it’s in a slug state, your blood traps toxins that build up and reduce the amount of life giving oxygen and nutrients it carries to your body cells. It weighs you down, and eventually your cells begin to wilt and gasp for oxygen as they struggle for survival. This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.
According to Dr James Gordon, the founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.
The majority of decisions are made at the subconscious level, but is constantly overlooked. The focus is often on our conscious mind, which contains the critical thought function of our brains. The subconscious mind encompasses the awareness of all things the conscious mind cannot recognize. It stores memory, everything that ever happens to you.
Your subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think or reason independently. It merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind, and make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. It causes you to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different. It goes against changing any of your established patterns of behavior.
Your subconscious mind can hinder your growth, because it is anti-change. People who listen to and controlled by their subconscious mind are resistant to change. They live in their boxes, not allowing themselves to explorer anything different from what they know. They never succeed in life, at least not to their full potential. They fear the unknown, and controlled by the what ifs. Hence you have to take over and control your subconscious mind, which can never be easy.
If you want to be successful in life you have to fight and defeat your subconscious mind, which constantly pulls you back towards your comfort zone each time you try something new. One of the biggest habits of successful people is always stretching themselves or pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. They know that complacency is the great enemy of creativity and future possibilities. You have to keep trying new things, even if you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, until they become your new comfort zone – higher level of competence. Then you are in control of your life and not controlled by your subconscious mind. Enthusiasts and inventors are in control of their subconscious minds, because they have to be versatile, change with technology, and learn new thing all the time. Control your subconscious mind, learn, change, and live a good life.