Mending your Mind from the Constructs of Society

-A unique thing about the human brain is that it can only do what it thinks it can do-

minblog2The human brain can do far more than anyone ever thought. To put it bluntly, its limitations are imposed by us and not by its physiological shortcomings. Your brain is lingering far from the depths of its potential and always will until mankind pushes its limits. This three pound mass of wondrous jelly is the gateway to your future, the beholder of your past and the keystone to your present. Success in life depends on your brain.

Minds are conditioned by societal behaviors.  Masses of people who seek the same media outlets, follow cultural sports, spend time with groups of friends, or even read the same books are all conditioning their brains based on the constructs of society. Consider our educational paradigm. All around the world, emphasis is based on mathematics and language.  The arts are more of a secondary quality, or rather “supplemental” education.  This paradigm kills creativity.  Think about it.  The next time you are eavesdropping on strangers just listen to the typical dialogue.  We are largely stereotypical beings.  When we break from conformity we can begin to transcend the limitations that society has built around our learning structures.  Think of you as an individual, with your own limitless potential.  Seek out the things that gravitate to you and the universe will conspire to bring you authentic joy and help you succumb to your purest form of potential.

“I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has already lived, through the poverty or the splendor of his speech.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tibetan Buddhist monks use a simple form of meditation to warm their bodies. Practicing supreme intention eventually manifests physiological processes. Experiment with the following form of intention: Look at the palm of your hand, feel it and direct your consciousness at it.  Imagine your hand being the center of energy within you. Now imagine that it is getting warmer. Imagine holding it over a campfire. Keep focusing this energy and imagine it getting warmer. See blood rushing to your palm and it becoming redder.  If you focus this intention, directing energy towards your palm, it will indeed become warmer.  This is how monks sit in freezing ice caves, meditating overnight while wearing nothing more than their thin silk robes.Imagine Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, who set himself on fire and quietly meditated in the stillness of peace as he burned to death. This may indeed sound like witchcraft or psuedo-science to the commonly conditioned mind, but it is in fact, just a fragment of the potential held within our brains.  Quang Duc

Processes in the body are activated not only by the events in the body, but by the brains interpretation of events as well.

By no means am I a neuroscientist, or a sage of mind vs. brain.  I am simply a person who wants to achieve all potentials present within the magnificent human body. The brain can only do what it thinks it can do. So set your standards high and practice them fervently. Don’t live a life with diminished expectations.  Low expectations mean low results.  When you teach your brain about limitation, your brain will practice limitation.

Imagine a piano. No one that ever sat down at the piano for the very first time ever played anything graceful. It takes time. It takes failure. It takes building upon past transgressions to learn what sounds good together and in sequence. Chord progressions are learned and motor skills are developed with trial and error. Think of Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. His skill was mastered by pouring blood, sweat and determination all over nameless backyard basketball courts. His motor skills and quick decision making perceptions were fine tuned over countless hours of pursuing his passion.

Set yourself free and imagine the power contained within you.

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”- Jack Kerouac

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