Most of the voluntary actions we do always start from one source: our brain. The brain even controls the involuntary actions of our physical body. It is the center of everything that no computer in the world can match in its complexity. On the nano level, it is even truly awesome how the brain works. And to think that it has been said, that we use only a small percentage of our brain.
In this 3 lbs organ, a lot of communication takes place. The brain has 200 billion neurons (which transmits electrical and chemical signals to each other) via synapses (structures that enable neurons to transmit – per wikipedia.com). There are 125 trillion synapses in the cerebral cortex alone.
It would be nice to continue discussing the scientific aspect and impressive complexity of our human brain but this post today is concerned how we use our brain in micro and bigger decisions, which lead to action.
Every action, including talking comes from a thought. Sometimes, the thought involved happened in a second or less, but still – it resulted in an action.
It would be a correct conclusion then that in order to have good actions and decisions, we should really guard our mind, or what we put into it. Am I right or am I thinking incorrectly?
Would it be a correct assumption then that whatever comes in to our brain will affect it positively or negatively? Could the stimulus or learning result in something that would make our life better or worse?
If you answered yes to the above, then it is safe to say that we should guard our thoughts, right?
Did you even experience getting mad at someone or something and the more you thought about it, the more you become enraged? Then something else distracted you and minutes later (or maybe hours later), your priority is no longer the subject of your anger?
There are negative thoughts or angry thoughts that are not worth dwelling in because it affects us physically: blood pressure goes up, pulse start racing, blood vessels expanding, muscles contracting and the body getting stressed out. Thinking happy thoughts can change all of it.
Easier said than done, right?
Yes, but with enough repetition it can become a habit. One of the techniques I learned in changing our thought pattern is to do some very slow inhaling and exhaling while consciously relaxing your shoulders. Making the mind think of a happy, pleasant or peaceful setting or event reverses the negative effects.
In our daily thoughts, whenever some unpleasant idea or concern comes in, the idea is to let it go and not remain stagnant in our brain. Let the thought go, and think about something else. Does someone really annoy you? Remove the thought. Believe me, in a few days or two, that thought would be insignificant.
Having a positively geared thinking makes our life better. We do better decisions, which lead to good result, which improves not only our lives, but the lives of the people around us.
So next time a bad thought comes in, expel it. We all have a lot of positive experiences and favorite sceneries. Think about them instead.