The power of the mind is something we hear about regularly. And, it is true. Treat it like any muscle and give it a regular work out.
The mind is a faculty and the application of this faculty is needed for it to be strong, to grow and to be of utmost use. Strong minds are needed to adapt in our world, more so to flourish. It’s not something only some people (like genius minds or rocket scientists) can enjoy. There are different practices, exercises and techniques to keep a grounded, clear and imaginative mind working.
Before continuing with this article, reflect for two minutes on how you have been nurturing your mind. What have you been feeding it? How have you been treating it? Do you rest it enough? What do you say to it? Allow this information to sit inside and see how it feels. Then take a deep breath and say “I love me”.
Looking after our mind is as important as looking after our physical body. The principal is identical – use it or lose it. Physical exercise is equally as important as mental exercise. Physically we know we get stronger, leaner and fitter with exercise. Exactly the same goes for our minds to be healthy, strong and fit.
When we don’t actively nurture and use our mind, it becomes weak, uninterested, sluggish and slow. Often it will take on negativity which will ooze into every cell of our body. The fogginess clouds our thinking, impacting our body’s health and wellbeing. It creates an imbalance that can and often leads to our body being at ‘dis-ease’. Our thoughts become our feelings; our feelings create our health. Dr Wayne Dyer says, “Change your thinking, change your world.” This statement is also supported by Buddha, with “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” When we are unwell, we struggle with everything. The things we took for granted and did without thinking can become challenging because of our ill health. It is all linked back to having a healthy mindset.
Our mind will hold us back or enable us to fly! Our mind will keep us in bed or propel us out. Our mind will control our physical exercise, enable us to get up and go or equally allow us to talk ourselves out of it. When we get out of our own way, the sky’s the limit. Allowing ourselves to stay safe (and sometimes stuck) in our comfort zone won’t encourage growth, discovery, an adventurous spirit, to be educated, find a new job/career, start a new business idea, get over an illness or talk to the neighbour. We can be our own worst enemy.
Tips to exercise the mind
- Read as much as possible. Topics of interest will support us in feeling good whilst exercising our brain muscle.
- Write anything daily. Your passions, a story, poem or bullet points in your gratitude journal.
- Reduce stress. Play a sport you love, mix in a sporting environment, take the dog for a walk, work out at the gym, jog, walk in nature, swim, do yoga, pilates or meditate.
- Quieten your mind however you can. A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear. Intuition is a key player to live a life of purpose and passion.
- Prevent cognitive decline. Being fit in our body and mind can slow the ageing process. In doing this we will be able to help more people, do more activities and enjoy our journey more.
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”
– Lao Tzu