The human mind, an amazing equipment in itself.
It takes 2 years to lift our feet off the ground and jump. But, we lose that jumping part in our head when we turn 65 or older. Our mind shows us right and wrong, makes us see the world through experiences that are stored, and it chews on all kinds of stale data fed into it long back.
Our beautiful mind is too scared of what is ahead and always protects us from new experiences. When you take risks, it reminds us of what was comfortable and wants us to be safe. Our mind can give us millions of reasons why we cannot enjoy our life this very moment. Excuses like that are menu cards, they show up when ever we are ready to flash it on others.
I’ve been teaching yoga for 12+ years. I have taught yoga to 2 to 95 year olds. The mind is a miracle, it is so different and versatile in all ages.
I have been working with traumatic brain injury clients and they have given me a new perspective on how the human mind works.
In my everyday, from yoga to healing clients, I hear several complaints. Some are serious and some are workable, if you have learnt how to tackle the mind.
"My husband is not what I really thought he is and would be. I am not sure if I should break up or continue.”
"I am scared. I will fall, my balance is very bad.”
“I am scared of flying. How do I over come that fear?”
“My only fear is that something may happen to my son or daughter."
“What if I die?"
"I am so lonely! What if I never find anyone to be with?"
“I don't want to be with that man, but I have to live with him."
“My family expects a lot out of me. What can I do to fill it all?”
In all these forms of fear, it is the mind that has taken over you. There are several reasons for it to act this way:
It is constantly feeding your mind with thoughts that are scary. You may read books that have fear related concepts. You may have had experiences that are scary. Your parents may have loaded you up with fear that they had carried for generations.
In my experience, the mind can be tricked. One way is to give it a wrong image for fear. Our mind constantly accepts the words we say out loud. So you should always watch what you say.
A saying like, “I am broke,” may be fancy for you to use in terms of money, but your body and mind takes it very seriously.
When you say sentences like:
“I am starving.”
“I am dying to do it.”
They all affect us in some way or another way.
All diseases arise from the mind. It is all psychosomatic. The body is finally reflection of the mind.
When my husband is yelling at me, I imagine him playing a harp. Soon, my mind understands it is just amusement. Our fight ends there, as I am so amused that other people’s pattern are not recognisable for my mind anymore. Our mind is confused to even bring up, "he did this last time. Next time I need to be loud.”
"Why doesn't he understand?"
When I fly, I create an image of myself sitting in the safest seats for a science experiment.
One thing that has helped me the most is when my mind brings up certain thoughts from the past: I ask 1 question to my mind.
“Will I die from this?”
My mind always answers the question with, “NO.”
Then it gets easier to reason with my mind; that this is not end of me and I have more days to live.
Sayings such as,
“I am here to enjoy!”
“How can I amuse myself?"
"Joy is contagious!”
“Overcome fear and celebrate joy!”
“Live today and tomorrow will take care of itself!”
"Experience joy now and believe joy will find you in future."
"Do the things you dislike to do and you will discover greatness!"
As human being you have a choice and awareness. In every situation make a choice, and be aware of what choice you should make next.
When I mediate, my mind loves to complain. That has been a challenge for me to over come after we moved to Denver.
One more thing that has helped a lot in discipling my mind, is to talk to it sweetly and say fabulous things to it. And it really believes everything I say.