I’ve been fascinated by the study of the mind for most of my life. Even when I was a kid I would sit for hours talking to other kids about their hopes, dreams, fears, and phobias.
It always intrigued me as to how there was so much activity going on in my head and how much influence this had on my quality of life.
Mind Over Matter
Let me start out by saying the mind is not a bad thing. It gets a lot of bad press these days due to the amount of overwhelm that many people seem to experience as a normal part of daily life. A lot of this has to do with the rate at which things are changing and how disruptive this can be to your peace of mind.
So what exactly is the mind?
I’m not sure that anyone can actually answer this question. Some may try to convince you that they know the true nature of the mind but even psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists are working in the dark mostly.
What we do know about the mind is that it is capable of making decisions, being creative, learning, dreaming, and turning ideas into reality. We also know that there are times when it seems like the mind controls you instead of you controlling your mind.
These are the times when your mind and thoughts can take you from feeling good about yourself to plummeting to depths of despair. All this can happen in the blink of an eye because that’s how fast the mind works. It works at the speed of thought which even the fastest computer on the planet can’t match.
The other thing that we know is that the mind and emotions are connected. That’s why when you feel lousy, your thoughts tend to be negative or heavy. Conversely, when you feel great, then your thoughts are positive and light.
When you make something matter to you because of the way you think about it then suddenly you give that thing power to control how you think and behave. That’s why in the East they say, ‘If you don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter’.
The Joy of Losing Your Mind
Thoughts actually have no power until you focus on them. They just come and go across the screen of your mind until you either get lost in a train of thought or you choose to empower them. The less attention you give to them, the less power they have over you.
That’s why losing your mind every now and then is a good thing. By losing your mind, I mean stepping back from your thoughts and just watching them with a non-judgmental attitude. This allows the mind to quiet down naturally. When that happens then the brain goes into relaxation mode and the body follows suit.
You can never actually lose the mind it’s just that it’s either really noisy and busy, or it’s quiet and at peace. Most people don’t know how to shut-off the mind when they have reached their saturation point.
They may look to therapists, distractions, or drugs to help but none of that really lasts for long. Eventually, the noise comes back. Mindfulness meditation is one of the simplest ways to gain instant relief from the busy mind. It’s especially effective at changing the relationship you have with the mind from one of being a slave to becoming its master.
Mastering the power of the mind is a lifelong pursuit. It’s not something that happens overnight but with consistent practice, you can quickly learn how to calm the mind anytime and anywhere you want. When you can do that then your quality of life massively improves.
The mind is really the biggest challenge to happiness and inner peace. It is the reason why so many people suffer and live lives of quiet desperation. It’s only when you take the time to lose your mind every now and then that you start to realize that life taking a break from your head is a good thing.
Here are 5 more reasons why losing your mind is a good thing:
1. It clears your head.
When you have more space in your head to think clearly then it’s easier to focus on what’s important and make better decisions. It helps you to let go of being flustered and get back on track. It’s a great idea to lose your mind at least once an hour even if it’s just for a minute or two.
2. It recharges you.
When you get out of your head your body instantly starts to relax and rejuvenate. When the mind is engaged, especially on something that you are not enjoying, then that is a lot of negative energy and tension that you are adding to your body. The moment you let go of these thoughts, the body relaxes.
3. It helps with creative thinking.
We’ve all had those moments when we’re brushing our teeth or standing in the shower and all of a sudden we have a great idea, or insight into something that previously we were scratching our head about. That’s because just for a moment the mind stopped and space opened up for you to access different parts of the brain.
4. It improves your sex life.
When your mind and body is in a constant state of stress as a result of the struggle to just get by each day then it can be a challenge to enjoy a healthy sex life. Just by losing your mind for awhile each day it reduces your stress levels which in turn frees up your libido for more pleasurable activities.
5. It improves your memory.
There are many studies now that show that meditation can help improve your memory. It does this by increasing the gray matter in the brain when you meditate. Typically, you would meditate for 20 minutes a day to help with increasing memory function.
Your mind is a brilliant tool for helping you to navigate your way through life so you can create the things you love. It is meant as a guide for your heart so that you can make decisions around your passions and enjoy the unlimited creative expression of your deepest gifts.
Ultimately, your mind creates your reality which you are either conscious of or not. The more you set the intention to get your mind working for you, the happier, healthier, and more enjoyable your life will be.
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