Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. Dalai Lama
What is the fastest thing in the universe? Is it Light, sound or advanced supersonic Jets? ‘NO’ it is your imagination or thoughts. Your imagination can take you to the moon in a friction of second, they can take to any part of the world in a moment. Where does the thoughts originate, it’s in your mind. Ok now the second question is who invented all the advanced technologies available in the world is it one individual or a cluster of highly intelligent people. ‘NO’ it’s the mind, which first came up with a thought and then followed up with persistent effort to convert that thought into reality.
Now finally, what has been the most cruel act on earth, who has been behind the act. Was that a man or a group of men? ‘NO’ it was a disturbed mind which caused it. Whatever happening in this world (other than natural actions) it is something caused by Human mind, i.e. It’s all in the mind.
What is Mind?
Dictionary meaning of mind is “the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought”, or “a person’s ability to think and reason; the intellect”. The Buddhist term for mind in Sanskrit is chitta, and has a wide range of meaning. It includes sense perception, verbal and abstract thought, emotions, feelings of happiness and unhappiness, attention, concentration, intelligence and more. When Buddhism speaks about mind, it refers to every type of mental activity. Looking all these definitions of mind, we can conclude that mind is nothing but a collection of thoughts. Sort of thoughts dominate the mind human behaves in similar fashion.
There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind because our body and mind are different entities. For example, sometimes when our body is relaxed and immobile, our mind can be very busy, darting from one object to another. This indicates that our body and mind are not the same entity. If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it? It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.
Problem with Mind
In order to be creative, successful, or even simply peaceful and joyful on a daily basis, mental clarity is of fundamental importance. No matter what you want to do with your life, you need to be able to use your mind effectively. But the difficulty is that it is very difficult to control you mind. Mind is very agile, it hardly stays on one thing, and the beauty is it seldom stays where we want it to, contrary it mostly takes us to where we don’t want to stay. Our mind generates millions of thoughts each day, our mind is always cluttered with various thoughts, it is sort of a chain reaction it starts with one jumps to another, then to another and so on.
You must have heard about the famous exercise where it is asked for not to think about any particular thing for 10 seconds, it’s very difficult to not think of that. More than any other attacks, we suffer from thought attacks. When thoughts attack us, we become victims of thoughts. It is like employing a servant and being ordered by him. You should be the master of the mind rather than the mind being your master. We should use the mind rather than let the mind use us. The very intention to be the master of the mind will give us the sense of how to use the mind.
How to use the Mind for Success
Mantra for success is to learn to control your thoughts and mind. As it is said ‘If you bring your mind to a certain level of organization, it in turn organizes the other three dimensions of your system – your body, emotion, and energies’.
Train your Brain
Practice, Practice, Practice… to control your thoughts, it can be difficult initially but results can be seen over a period of time. One of the most effective tool available is Meditation. Eileen Luders, an assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and colleagues, have found that long-term mediators have larger amounts of gratification than people who do not meditate. Further, a direct correlation was found between the amount of gratification and the number of meditation years, possibly providing further proof of the brain’s neuro-plasticity, or ability to adapt to environmental changes.
Feed it with right nutrients
Stay away from junk food of negative thoughts, keep a consistent feed of positive thoughts. The more you think about positive things mind will start generating positive thoughts and ceases the bad or sad thoughts. One of the easy method to keep a consistent feed of positive thoughts is to spend time with positive people, such people have great impact on thought process.