Mind is one of those slippery terms like love whose definition depends on the state of consciousness or awareness of a person. Sometimes people use the term brain and mind interchangeably but it is not the same. Brain is simply a tool which process information, take decision which we generally call ‘intellect’. Brain has a distinct function to perform for human life. So what is mind then? Where does it come into picture?
We experience the world through our various senses. We deal with people and objects all at the same time. Sometimes our experiences turn out to be good and at other times let’s just say it takes an opposite turn. All these experiences/emotions/actions get impressed onto one’s Subconsciousness ( Refer The Post By Neeraj For an In depth View) . Mind is more like a cerebral fidgeting which happens all the time in our system. Thoughts, feelings, emotions , bad/good memories arise from our subconscious and bubble up into awareness without our intent. Continuous chain of thought arises and dissolves. Most of the times we are not aware of it and usually get lost in unwanted thoughts or bogged down completely by uncontrolled moods of the mind. It swipes away the person from present moment and holds back either regretting or getting angry over past or day dreaming about future.
Real time scenario. For example, you are listening to radio and some ad comes about insurance. You start thinking about your health insurance. Then it strikes you that your due date to pay insurance is fast approaching. You remember all your experiences pertaining to the health insurance. Without your knowing it affects your current mood. Once you abort this train of thoughts you board another one. A chain of unwarranted thoughts trigger and it all happens so quickly. Mind is like uncontrolled wind. Moves at lightning speed. There is no control, no discipline. It just flows in whatever direction it gets pulled into!
Excuse the techie reference ! Imagine a super powerful computer responsible to manage an entire cities electricity supply data and runs 24/7 so we can do the ‘ Netflix and Chill’ thing 🙂 but then the system gets corrupted by a virus and will not be up for at the next two weeks. Post doing the diagnostics the team finds out that system was corrupted with a virus which was least impactful but since they didn’t run the regular checks for sometime that it grew to a greater extent and bugged the very core of the super computer resulting in slow down processing power, corrupted the data and eventually shutting int down.Our brain is the super powerful CPU and the virus which is the “Uncontrolled mind” keeps running all the time and doesn’t let us enjoy our life at full extent.
The phenomenon happens in front of our eyes, happening all the time but very few people take the pain to make themselves aware of it because very few are really interested to look into it. We are so busy running after achievements and keeping busy ourselves with entertainments that we don’t really get time to look into one of the most wonderful phenomena of human life Which is to live life with joy !
People may ask then what is the use of mind? None but a controlled mind is POWER to shape your lives the way you wish to. An Uncontrolled Mind is primal weakness in human experience . Wake up and realize that! Asking about the How again ? To me the the key is “Meditation”. It is the most effective antidote to this “virus”. An UnControlled Mind is like riding a horse which you think is tame but it is not? It kicks your teeth in. Life has in its own way kicked into our teeth many times! Imagine the possibilities of human life if only they can live up to its full potential by training the mind.
I have benefitted greatly practicing Meditation in my personal life to not only train my mind but in the process have been exposed to learnings which is not visible to the open eye but is know only with the eye of the mind. My Next posts on this platform will have mentions about the practices related to meditation.