Today I’d like to share some thoughts on the power of the brain and “how” it affects our daily lives.
Whether we realise it or not, the expression “having a mind of its own” has a lot to do with the way in which our mind processes thoughts, resulting in choices or decisions we either disagree with or simply don’t understand.
For example, how many times have you gone shopping with a list only to wind up “impulse buying”? For me, it’s usually a product or garment that I don’t really need, but for some reason my common sense-shopper goes into hiding and the frivolous-shopper suddenly appears, convincing me to make the purchase which often leads to more frustration afterwards when I am kicking myself for buying in haste!
Why hadn’t I listened to that little voice when it was offering good advice….you know the one, it is usually right!
Another act of the subconscious mind is “multitasking”-(Multitasking could also be considered as distraction in situations requiring full attention on a single object . . . Wikipedia Explore:Distraction) Another perfect example happened earlier today.
My bathroom needed to be cleaned so whilst I was on my hands and knees scrubbing the shower, somehow I also wound up polishing the furniture, even though this was not on my list of tasks required… the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind….or maybe it had and my conscious mind was simply unaware!
An interesting fact is that the sub-conscious part of the brain outweighs the size of the conscious, which leaves me to think we need to make the most of its abilities.
Whatever the situation, your subconscious plays an integral part in the choices you make so how can we learn to control our thoughts to possibly make the most if them? For me, it’s a matter of staying focused on completing one task at a time, but sometimes its not that easy…here are a few simple steps which just might help!
The conscious mind is a remarkable thing but there’s a whole other level of awareness that, when tapped, can greatly expand your abilities and allow you to achieve your goals in life. Follow these tips to learn how to access your subconscious mind.
Practice “Stream of Consciousness” writing. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and write whatever comes immediately to mind, continuing writing until the time is up no matter how dull, strange, weird, or whatever it sounds. Although at first this will channel your conscious mind, it will bring up unconscious thoughts. Have patience. Writing, at first, will be difficult but, with practice, becomes rather easy.
Learn to meditate. There are many methods of meditation but all deal with focusing the mind, quieting it, and allowing you to harness it. Choose whichever appeals to you and be sure to practice daily, if only for a few minutes.
Take an art class. The creative process in art of all types of art – drawing, photography, painting, clay, dance, and sculpture – helps tap into the subconscious. By taking seemingly disparate elements and melding them, you may learn to use more of your mind to solve problems.
Learn about the subconscious. The more you learn about the human mind, the more you can use it to enhance your life. Take coursework in psychology. Read Joseph Campbell. Take a martial arts class. Pray and/or meditate.
Practice positive self talk. If you say to yourself, “I can’t do this, I’m going to fail,” you will fail. However, if you say, “I can do this. I know I can!,” you’re more likely to succeed. This process is known as “affirmation”.
Visualize. This is one of the most significant keys to success. Actively picturing yourself achieving a goal will help you actually achieve it.
Study briefly just before bedtime. This is especially helpful for things that require memorization. If you review your periodic table, your Latin vocabulary list, or your football play book just before sleeping, your subconscious will likely process it throughout the night for you.
Pay attention to your dreams. Your deeper mind will sometimes try to sort out your life issues through dreams. If you pay attention to them, write them immediately down, and reflect on it, you may get insight to the problem at hand.
Listen to your intuition. Your intuition is a way your mind has of warning you to dangers or opportunities before your conscious mind has all the information. If you get an “uh-oh” feeling about a person or situation, listen. This is often a key step in avoiding tragedy.
Use different means to develop your subconscious mind. Guessing things will help a lot. Just try to listen to your intuition and make predictions. Use different tools, for example iPhone apps like “Yes-No oracle” answering to yes-no questions. This also opens subconscious parts of you mind.
Trust in your subconscious ability to completely change your life around. You are the master of your Universe, thoughts, actions, emotions, and reactions.