Functioning of the Mind

Our brain represents the most complex part of the human body. It consists of 100 billion nerve cells, this is a number that can be compared to the number of trees in the Amazon. Our brain controls our movement, feelings, behaviour, understanding, learning and functions. Despite extensive research on the brain there still remains large unexplained areas of operation.

How do we perceive and understand information from our environment?
Before a certain situation causes our reaction, there is a lot of information travelling through different channels in the brain. This, along with other events that happen along the way, have a significant impact on the final reaction of the individual.

1. Information enters from our environment
In the first instance, information from the environment (pain, heat, cold...) enters the brain, at this point, it is our consciousness, which detects the scene, without any judgement or reaction. Therefore, an objective receiving of information about events is occurring at this stage.

2. Data Categorisation
At the second stage, perception is activated and this is the moment when emotions and labels are formed. This leads to data categorisation regardless of what our mind knows about this data; what we learnt about them in the past; or our previous experience.

3. Sensation in the body
At the third level, the transmission of signals from the brain to the body takes place. The brain informs the body about events. A sensation is created in the body based on what the perception formed was (memorised stories, religion, expectations) and can be pleasant or unpleasant.

4. Reaction
Only at this stage, will a reaction occur. Our perception determining whether we like a certain feeling or not. When we like something, we want more. When we do not like something we want it to end.

Thus our life becomes the result of our own actions and reactions, which occur naturally, through brain communication.

The Practical Technique to Understand the Mind

Imagine that every day you remember only one painful impression or situation. Consequently, by the end of the year, when you look back, you will remember all of those impressions. How would you feel at this moment by the end of the year? Out of all the collected impressions, select only one that left the greatest impression in your memory. A small trauma.

In this manner, you can see how only one, tiny memory, can lead to great suffering. By remembering this painful impression, you choose to perceive possible future developments in a similar way. No matter what happens, even if it is a positive event for you, you will interpret it differently, using your perception and stored sample from earlier to this current event.

Have a think. How was your last year? How many memories did you gather? Do you live and react based on old stories and stored samples?

To be able to feel the freshness, it is necessary to get rid of old junk
Try to become more aware of traumatic or pleasant stories that still impact how you are responding to a certain situation. When you acknowledge them, you will be able to confront them and begin to let go of the old ways of thinking and acting. When you let go of old patterns, you become freer, you take your life into your own hands and prepare the environment for lasting happiness.

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