Monday, May 3, 2010

The power of the mind

An average human uses 3-5% of their minds.

Einstein used 10%.

Scientists predict that if we even used 20% of our brains, we could have powers like flight. whee.

An interpretation of why Buddha has such psychic powers is because of his ability to train his mind so much that he was able to harness a greater percentage of his brain than normal humans do.

Did you know that if you imagined yourself doing a sport/exercise perfectly before you do it, you shed 30% more calories than if you didn't?

And then there's the placebo effect, where people recover from illnesses thinking that they were given cures but it's just mentos sweets.

With the power of our mind, the concentration that we have, we can harness so many abilities innate in us. Our perseverance, our determination, our strength, motivation, many many many things.

Not only in terms of physical excellence, with the control of our minds, we also control our emotions. We convince ourselves that we can choose to be happy or sad, satisfied or dissatisfied, jealous or appreciative, angry or understanding.

The Buddha's teaching has taught us why there is no need to feel sad, dissatisfied, jealous or angry. Because of the impermanence of things, because of the conditional nature of things, because of the ever-changing nature. Things are bound to change and we feel upset when there is a change that we cannot adapt to.

How do we train our minds to be of such great powers??
We meditate!

Meditation can help us to train our minds to concentrate, we focus on something and try not to get distracted by the many many many thoughts that go through our heads daily.

Scientists have even proven that meditation helps to grow the frontal lobe of our brains, which helps us to differentiate right from wrong and helps us to learn social skills. A research has even shown that criminals have smaller frontal brain lobes than average humans!

Meditation has also proved to be able to change the paths of our neurotransmitters. Our neurotransmitters get used to travelling in a certain pathway and hence we start to develop habits. With meditation, we train these neurotransmitters to travel in different paths, hence slowly ridding of habitual tendencies.

Not only so, I personally feel that because meditation helps us to learn to be mindful of our emotions, actions and thoughts, it is necessary for us to harness the great abilities of our brains!

Imagine if we didn't even realise that we were angry, how are we going to use our brains to tell us there is no point in being angry??

Kudos to Vicky for the sharing, despite being sick for the previous week round. It must have been the power of the mind that convinced him that he is feeling well enough to do the sharing preps!!


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