Patterns of the mind

Patterns of the mind

Anthony Grim Hall originally posted this photo.

The mind/brain is like a muscle, you have to work it, feed it and guide it. It’s not something that is just there on top of your shoulders. The mind can take you to your goals or it can make you miserable. Most of us humans don’t even have the awareness that our minds have been controlled since birth by parents, society, culture, traditions, advertising agencies and governments. Take your mind back and use it! It is yours to wield. Not for some institutionalised organisation to use for their benefit.

The mind forms behaviours and habits. All it takes is one unchecked thought to start the rewiring process; for positive change or for oppression. In reality it seems like many humans are allowing this seemingly uncontrollable mental rants control their lives. Patterns are started by thought. It is those patterns that cause human suffering.

Guiding the mind to a more aware state begins on the mat. Each day we begin by inhaling reaching our arms up, exhale forward bend. Is it possible to just listen and observe what the mind does with out acting on it? Can we replace thoughts of wanting a quick return to thoughts of mindless patience, nurturing care and gratitude to thy self?

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Awareness and consciousness

“The perception stored away in the body of an unwanted child is a repressed perception, but it is nonetheless accurate for that: “They want to kill me. I’m in mortal danger.” This perception can vanish from the adult mind once it has become conscious. Then the former emotion (fear, anxiety, stress) will turn into a memory that says: “I was in danger before but I am not any longer.” Normally, such a conscious memory is either proceeded or accompanied by the experience of the old emotions and by feelings of grief” –Alice Miller The Body Never Lies

Some of us are not allowed our own understanding as children. This leads to anxiety, fear and unnecessary stress as we age. As individual adults we have the power to take control of our own thoughts and emotions to be a more centered human living without the painful anxiety. Awareness and consciousness can be achieved through repetition; a practice. The action can be simple as sitting for 5 minutes or synchronized movement and breath for 3 hours.