Turning the Mind Around

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IMG_3335“The brain is drawn to bad news.” Rick Hansonfrom his book titled, “The Buddha’s Brain” 

This reminds me of the old saying that it seems like I’ve used a million times; “If you want to sell a newspaper, you need a good train wreck.”

Your brain is naturally geared toward negativity.

As man has evolved, the human brain has grown. But over the years, the survival parts of the brain had to be large, because let’s face it, survival used to be a lot tougher than it is now.

Imagine no electricity, no internet, no phone, no heating or air conditioner, no car or transportation other than a horse, and … you get the picture.

For century’s, people spent most of their time trying to grow food and feed themselves, while at the same time, protecting themselves against other people, and let’s not forget that they were exposed to the elements.

The average life-span has grown tremendously over the years, but the brain is still on the lookout.

Yes there are still dangers in the world, but compared to 2 or 3 hundred years ago, we have it very easy. Luxurious.

And this is why we have to consciously wake up and make an effort to override the mind. We have to make the effort to focus on the good, and on the luxury and the safety that we have.

It is a good thing that the mind is looking out for us, but in today’s world, many of our dangers are just simply perceived.

How many times have you worried about something, only to have it work out?

This is why it is so important for us to make gratitude lists. This is why it is so important to look for the good. This is why it is so important for us to not take all the luxury that we have for granted.

And we have to consciously do this.

Because when we feel bad, we focus on feeling bad. And this develops the neural pathways in the brain, and we just experience more and more bad.

So it is imperative that we find ways to feel good, and spend more time feeling good.

Because this will do the same thing. It will create “feel good” neural pathways in the brain, and we will then experience more good.

So, today let us make our gratitude lists. Let us look for the good. Let us take a minute and feel pleasure in something that we usually take for granted. Whatever we need to do in order to feel good.

We are very blessed to live in this time. So let us feel blessed!

p.s.
I highly recommend reading “The Buddha’s Brain/ The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom”

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