3 Ways to Gain a Comprehensive Understanding of Mind
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The mind is something of a vague concept that can be hard to comprehend. Even scientists disagree on the nature of the mind and matter. But you don’t need to understand everything. You just need to know enough to further yourself and understand how you actually operate, so you can get to where you need to be.
Read and Research
The best way to gain an understanding of the
mind and of your personal inner psychology is to read and research. There are
many amazing books that have been written on the art of psychology and
persuasion. But it is also good to read a wide variety of literature, and you
might consider reading some Buddhist or Zen material which describes the more
esoteric nature of the mind. Additionally, there are some very interesting
discoveries that have been made by scientific research about how the mind
operates. By reading about the experience of others you can contrast them with
your own thoughts and ideas. There are cultures with distinctly unique
philosophies and ideas that are opposite to those in the West. Contrast is an
excellent way to increase understanding and open-mindedness.
Meditation is the art of observing your own
thoughts. It is the quickest and most widely recognized way to understand your
own mind. Even if you are incredibly intelligent and successful, an ability to
stand outside yourself is necessary in order for progress. Otherwise, the same
habits and tendencies will simply keep repeating themselves. Outside of
meditation, it is a good idea to become very strict about what you pay
attention to. Do not consume words and images that are not pleasant to your
mind. You will have to deal with them in meditation later.
Learn From Your Emotions
Much has been said about the power of the mind
in terms of generating our reality. The missing link in what could be arguably
described as a left-brained society is the focus on feelings. Our emotions are
a response to whether we are happy or sad with our current environment, in a
sophisticated real-time feedback system. Emotions have been brushed aside as
illogical tendencies, which is a drastic mistake. If you feel bad, it is time
to change your thoughts and your situation quickly. Over time, you will gain
experience with regard to how intricate the emotional system really is and how
it can serve to guide your thoughts.