Joe Dispenza has been elucidating the science of mind for decades. In this talk (embedded below) he gives a clear, easy to follow description of how the mind works and how a person can change themselves by, literally, changing their mind.
To summarise: The brain is constantly changing – the growth, decay, connection and disconnection of neurons is the electro-chemical, physical manifestation of mind. Recognising one’s own thoughts allows you to manage them in a positive way, rather than allowing them to propagate chaotically. (This is why cognitive behavioural therapy works, even to the extent of being a go to treatment for clinical depression.) So, when faced with stress or challenge, you pause, take a breath, consider the situation and look for positive aspects, which includes taking a different approach. Taking a positive approach lowers stress (good), and allows the mind to think more critically to find solutions (good) instead of resorting to primitive, knee-jerk responses.
People who are seeking change in the world or themselves will appreciate the scientific foundation of these ideas, which have been practices for centuries by yogis, monks and ascetics. The technique is also used, whether consciously or not, by successful people who control their behaviour – this includes academics, athletes and sportspeople, musicians, thespians, entrepreneurs and organisation leaders.
As well as using your mind as a simple tool for changing yourself, recognising your biological nature allows you to choose a path which yields happiness and health. This happens when you manage stress to allow your physical body to move to equanimity.
These ideas are very relevant for those of us who are seeking system change. Often our efforts are blocked by intransigence in incumbent institutions, systems and leaders – and that is frustrating and exhausting. Getting stressed is not a solution. Stepping back, letting go and moving forward in the right way is the only way to effect positive change. We are changing the system by changing ourselves. To change the world, we must change ourselves. It is not easy because the system is designed for dysfunction, but changing for good works, gets easier as you do it more and yields a fulfilling life. Think about it! And be the change you want to see in the world.
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