The mind controls how and what you think, which is separate from the brain. The brain is a glob of mass, wedged on the top of your skull. Although the thinking mind is a creation of the brain, the mind can function somewhat independently, this apart from the brain. What’s even possible is that the mind, is capable of altering the brain.
The proof is, that you can watch your mind at work. Without external interference on your brain, you can learn how to become more aware, this by monitoring your mind. Mindful awareness is you observing outside your mind, as if you’re watching what’s happening, this rather than experiencing it.
This is known as “observing ego,” where without emotion, you can view your thoughts and actions while applying a degree of impartial objectivity. Conversely, the “experiences” part of your mind, does is notices sense impressions along with having emotional reactions to them.
Watching Your Mind
Recognizing what your mental habits are along with its activities, such as what your stories, fantasies, or ideas are, is the first step towards calming down or altering your mind. Learning to observe yourself becomes critical to monitoring your actions.
Begin by noticing what your chatter, your self-talk is without judgment. Know if you worry about the same issues over and over again. Do you self-talk to yourself in an encouraging manner, or is it negative and hurtful.
Listen to what you say to yourself, and you’ll see your mind in action. Eventually, what you want is to alter the thinking habits which are holding you back.
The Mind Running Wild
The mind is similar to a run away freight train, which is carrying a three-ring circus that’s out of control. Recreational stimulants contributes to this. Look behind the scenes, and you’ll be aghast with the strange woolly weird things, that goes on behind the scenes of your mind.
What you might come face to face with, is the sudden shocking realization that you’re nuts, completely crazy.
Your mind is an insane uncontrollable shrieking madhouse, which accumulates like a snowball rolling downhill, completely out of control and helpless. But don’t fret, you’re no more whacked out than you were yesterday or the day before.
Relax, what everyone has is this insane asylum running through their minds. One’s filled with wild fantasies, stories, and horror. Thoughts that are either pointless or ridiculous.
What’s been said, is that what the mind has is it’s own mind. What your mind can’t be is controlled, you can only learn how to manage it.
Once you notice that your mind is jumping hoops, endlessly spinning its stories and things to do, stop and say to yourself, it’s “thinking, or “it’s just ideas.”
Place these labels on them immediately, which will help you view all this mental chatter a lot more objectively. You won’t take it as serious, as you calm down. This is a Zen meditation practice, that can be applied once the voices in your head starts.
The Mind Altering The Brain
What’s known is that your mind, your thoughts, can alter your brain. This might sound outrageous, but once you begin creating your own thought patterns, what you’re actually doing is rewiring your brain over time.
The more that you practice a new thinking habit, the more you’re training the same neurons to work together. What’s known is that neurons in the brain will fire simultaneously. So what directed mental activity does, is systematically alters brain function.
Begin by deliberately changing your self-talk. If you happen to constantly wallow in frustration, hate, or anger once you make a mistake, tell yourself that, “Mistakes happen, so I’ll make it a habit to learn from them.” Write this down, and recite whenever needed.
How Emotional Words Can Alter Your Brain
If you’re angry, sad, or anxious, whatever the emotion is that’s causing you distress, just recognizing and labeling it, does is eases these negative feelings, while helping you feel more in control.
The reason for this is once you label an emotion, what doing so does is alters your brain activity from the “fight-or-flight” response, to thinking. It’s amazing what just one word can do.
Once you feel that a certain emotion is starting to overwhelm you, search for a word which describes that emotion. What you’ll instantly feel, is that emotion starting to settle down.
Teach Your Mind New Tricks
What’s known is that the default switch on the brain is negative, this as a safety measure to protect yourself from harm or getting hurt. What the mind can do however, is alter this negativity bias, by teaching the brain to be more positive and happier.
Negativity bias is the brain’s tendency to react more favorably to bad things, such as threats, mistakes, physical danger, or problems, instead of more positive emotions such as pleasure, opportunity, or joy.
Negativity bias helps us humans to survive, this by alerting ourselves of possible threats, which also makes it difficult to relax.
To begin, become aware of your past happy experiences. Bring them to the forefront of your mind. Linger on these “happy” experiences for 5 seconds or longer. What doing so does, is rewires your brain, forcing it to think positive thoughts in the future.
Rewiring Your Brain
What enriching your mind by learning new things does, is also rewires your brain. What learning will do is cause changes in the “memory campus” of the brain, the hippocampus.
When practicing an old skill or learning a new one, what happens is the existing neural connections strengthens, and over time, what these neurons does is creates connections to other neurons. It’s thought that new nerve cells can then be generated.