Our brains are incredible. Science is only beginning to explore the complexities of this final frontier of human physiology. The brain is the “Mission Control” center for all of our physical functions. We do not have to consciously command our blood to flow or our lungs to draw breath. Quite amazing, really, that we have this autonomous organ running our biological bodies without need of our input, 24/7, through all of the years of our life. Please take a moment now to truly appreciate the miracle of your own human body functioning independent of your conscious attention. Truly appreciate the wonder of the fragile, powerful organ that coordinates the entire spectrum of complex physical functions that are required to get you through each day.
Our brains’ devoted service doesn’t stop there. It also houses our intellect. It processes enormous amounts of information for us. It translates a steady stream of information. We command our brain to process certain information and some is delivered directly to our brain through our senses, below our own conscious awareness. Many believe that our human brain has been the driving force behind our rise to the top of the tree of life on planet Earth.
We can all list our physical and mental functioning as permanent items on our daily “Things I Am Grateful For” list. There are times, however, when we all may wonder just where the lines are in our relationship with our own brain.
How many of you have experienced times where you felt like “you” were riding shotgun with your mind at the wheel, driving erratically toward some destination of its own device? Many experience this at night as they try to turn off their brain and get to sleep. Perhaps at times you just don’t seem able to resume control of your brain and some thought is played over and over and over again, against your will or desire. Then there are those who willingly take a back seat to whatever fantastic story their mind fabricates, taking its stories as truthful, relevant and helpful without even considering the validity of the manufactured thoughts.
Does a healthy brain dictate our actions or are “we” steering our own ship? Exactly who is in the captain’s seat? It’s an interesting question. Neither “we” nor our brain can exist independently of each other. How reliable is our brain anyway? Can we really depend on the information it brings forth?
Our brain is a tool; a computer. It is an invaluable, irreplaceable tool which we are ever dependent on. We have to accept though, that for all its lofty potential, our brain is not infallible. It makes mistakes. It misinterprets. It gets “stuck”. It even lies! We have to draw on other sources to balance and complement the power of our brain. The heart can often provide us information that is less subject to contamination, faulty electronics or viruses. Neurocardiologists have found that 60 to 65% of the cells of the heart are actually neural cells, not muscle cells as was previously believed. Further, most people have some religious or spiritual belief that embraces the possibility of Divine input or inspiration.
“I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.” ~ Albert Einstein
So, “you” are able to draw from sources beyond your brain. You must, however, make “friends” with the brain as you are destined to be constant companions! Appreciate all that your brain can and does do for you, but keep it in its place. Set healthy boundaries for your brain. During those times it insists on keeping your focus on something or someone that may not be in your best interest or that doesn’t bring you happiness and joy, “Just Say No!”. If you are trying to change some aspect of your life, remember that, for most of us, brain does not instantaneously learn new ways. You must have patience as you “retrain your brain”. It will eventually default to your new instructions. It is a faithful servant.
Eventually, with practice, You will be firmly seated in the comfortable captain’s chair. You will be able to control the focus, activity level, timing and direction of your conscious mind. Your brain will resign itself to your command, and you can better steer a course towards happiness.
Live long and prosper.
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