From the moment we wake up, the inner chatter of our mind starts up.
It gets a bit quieter when we get fully absorbed with a creative task or mildly hypnotized with a TV programme, film or computer game. Only when we fall asleep, does it go fully silent again perhaps only to bubble below the surface of our awareness in the form of dreams.
The rest of the time our mind gets involved with internal commentary about the world around us, the replay of past conversations or the rehearsal of those yet to pass.
It is nothing short of remarkable though that we are self aware beings. It’s speculated our atoms come from two or more generations of exploded stars. If true this makes us sentient star dust. Yet for the most part, we don’t give our thoughts and our ability to think a second thought.
It’s a great shame we don’t pay attention to our thoughts, as what we are thinking fundamentally affects the world around us. It’s true that you are what you think. This is not just about having a glass half empty or half full outlook. The very nature and quality of our thoughts provides the key difference between living a charmed existence or continually finding ourselves pushing water uphill.
Not All Thoughts Are Our Own
Neuroscience is fast coming to the realization that not all thoughts emanate the outer cortex of our brain. For example, our gut mind is now known to possess awareness and low level sentience. It has more neurons than a cat’s brain and has been seen in MRI scanners to fire seconds ahead of our conscious awareness. Even the microbiology in our bodies is thought to affect our moods.
This is why it pays dividends to trust your gut feelings.
Likewise, it is postulated that our brains are as much a receiver as a generator of thought. Our language gives much away as to what is going on. When we say we had an idea “off the top of our head” or “at the back of our mind”, we get clues as to its source.
The Flavors of Thought
Such innovation and insight about our thought processes is nothing new. It has been intuited by mystics and sages down the ages. Only now are metaphysics and physics converging and swapping notes.
In short, it appears that our thoughts come from three main sources:
- our conscious internal dialogue primarily from our outer cortex
- murmurs from our unconscious mind centers distributed around our whole body
- insights and light bulb moments from what scientists now refer to as the Zero Point Field or i-Field
Upgrading Your ‘Mind’
So how do we begin to unscramble and unpick the constant barrage of thoughts in our head?
How do you begin to know what thoughts come from which source?
These simple and free steps are the keys to the first level of mind upgrade.
1. Take 10-20 minutes out for ’me time’ every day in meditation or just walking in nature.
2. Cut down on unnecessary background noise like radio or TV.
3. Make a note and keep a journal of all serendipities.
4. Learn to trust your gut and follow your heart.
5. Energize the left and right sides of your brain before any creative task with alternate nostril breaths.
You are what you think, so mind what you’re thinking!
This audio track takes you through the procedure to energize your left and right hemispheres with alternate nostril breaths. It also takes you throught a simple eye movement to stimulate both hemispheres.
For more information on the latest thinking around this subject, here are some useful, related articles and resources:
A Pit Stop for Your Thoughts
In Flavours of Thought: Recipes for Fresh Thinking, Jackie and Tom show how our thoughts can be categorized into flavors such that we can begin thinking about our thinking in a whole new way. Such objectivity into the machinations of our mind provides us with the next step on our personal upgrade path. Take Flavours of Though for jus $22 – that’s just $1 per flavor.
About the Authors
Jackie is a coach’s coach. She guides coaches, therapists, and energy workers, and provides a safe place in which they can continue their personal and professional development. The Coach’s Companion provides ongoing training, a skills practicing forum, and personal support to the person running their personal development business and personal journey.
Tom is the author of The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments and Flavours of Thought. He has created the Bending Time course on Udemy to help you get into and stay in the zone. Tom’s web site is www.tomevans.co