Posts Tagged ‘Mind’

If boredom is an issue, you are not using the mind properly!

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From the book Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson.

“The brain is the primary mover and shaper of the mind.

It’s so busy that, even though it’s only 2 percent of the body’s weight, it uses 20–25 percent of its oxygen and glucose.

Like a refrigerator, it’s always humming away, performing its functions; consequently, it uses about the same amount of energy whether you’re deep asleep or thinking hard.

The number of possible combinations of 100 billion neurons firing or not is approximately 10 to the millionth power, or 1 followed by a million zeros, in principle; this is the number of possible states of your brain.”

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My two cents: “1 followed by a million zeros”, possible states of our brain.

To me, it seems imperative we keep our minds focused, calm, aware.

That means the mind performs best going slow, focused, aware of where it is directing the mind or just being in the moment.

All those opportunities could be such a distraction, confusing, tiring, emotionally unnerving.

Be the captain of your mind, keep your ship calm and focused.
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What is the mind? : “Meditation for the Love of it”

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According to the tantras, the phenomenon we experience as “mind” is actually a particularly vibrant and subtle kind of energy.

 


An ocean of energy, in fact, in which waves of thoughts and emotions arise and subside.


Your thoughts and feelings—the difficult, negative, obsessive ones, as well as the peaceful and clever ones—are all made of the same subtle, invisible, highly dynamic “stuff.”

 

Mindenergy is so evanescent that it can dissolve in a moment, yet so powerful that it can create “stories” that run you for a lifetime.

 


The secret revealed by the tantric sages is that if you can recognize thoughts for what they are—if you can see that a thought is nothing but mind-energy—your thoughts will stop troubling you.

 

That doesn’t mean they’ll stop.

 

But you’ll no longer be at their mercy.
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Definitions:

* Tantra denotes the esoteric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism that co-developed most likely about the middle of the 1st millennium AD. The term tantra, in the Indian traditions, also means any systematic broadly applicable “text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice”.

 

* evanescent
ev·a·nes·cent: adjective
soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing

“a shimmering evanescent bubble”
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Why is change so difficult???????????

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Where does all the resistance come from? Why do we isolate, avoid unpleasant situations and people. Why do we chase and covet pleasant situations, people who approve of us, accomplishment, power, status and security?

 

Seems a decent strategy to avoid pain and soak up accomplishment in the short-term. Counterintuitive, knowing this strategy leads to suffering.

 

We have practiced habits, patterns of behavior, some subconscious in origin. We have created an “Ego” to mirror our habitual patterns. Our identity is wrapped around this “Ego”. Be it a banker, athlete, monk, priest, accountant, home maker, actor, philanthropist, etc.

 

 

Inside this cocoon, we judge ourself, find a place where we believe we fit, belong. When we enter a room, our “Ego” scans the occupants and decides if we are superior or inferior, then ranks our status.

 

 

Yes, this is superficial and kind of crazy. First, the “Ego” is a mirage, we are not what we think or judge. Second those occupations are what we do, not who we are.

 

 

Our mind is the issue, also the solution.

 

 

Fear of the unknown and this “Ego” are the main culprits keeping us from changing. We would rather suffer a known situation than risk changing, even when there is a possibility of success.

 

 

The “Ego” covets complete control. Healing means the “Ego” loses more and more control. In reality the “Ego” does not know what is good or bad for us. The “Ego” only, desires complete control.

 

 

Remember he/she generates 60,000 thoughts daily to influence where we place our attention.

 

 

You will definitely encounter your own “Ego” if you take this healing journey. He/She is not evil, he/she is only a follower not our captain.

 

 

Training the mind to empty and focus takes power from the “Ego”.
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One affirmation repeated ten thousand 10,000 times!!

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Ayle Permata Sari
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I deeply and completely
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accept all of myself,
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my flaws,
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my uniqueness,
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my soul,
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my doubts
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my passion.
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Every morning, noon and night, record and listen, repeat out loud to engage more of the mind.*
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As Bruce Lee lamented, I fear the man who practices one kick ten thousand times, not the man practicing ten thousand kicks.
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Learning by Watching…. . . Toddlers show intuitive understanding of probability.

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This is a screenshot from a video of the experiment in which a 2-year-old watched a researcher play a game in which there were two winning strategies, but one worked more consistently than the other. When given her own turn to play (as seen in screenshot), the toddler picked the better strategy. Credit Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences/University of Washington..
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“When it was their turn to play the game most of the children (22 out of the 32) picked the more successful block, demonstrating that they were able to use the difference in probability to their advantage.
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“Our findings help explain how young children learn so quickly, even in an uncertain and imperfect world,” said Meltzoff, a UW professor who holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair. “Remarkably, they learn about causality even if the people they are watching make mistakes and are right some but not all of the time.”
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This intuitive grasp of statistics and weighing likelihoods of a cause-and-effect scenario show that toddlers don’t need to have to go through trial and error to learn – they can just watch what other people do.”
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Full article: http://neurosciencenews.com/neurodevelopment-math-skills-toddlers-1261/
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