Calming the Mad Mind

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Spiritual Messages
The mad mind is something we all possess. Unfortunately, few people have learned to tame it for productivity. The mad mind also called the ego is what gets us into war and conflict. Calming its hyperactivity can go a long way to improve man's evolution.

Submitted: July 30, 2019

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Humanity is blessed with a mind. It's what distinguishes himself from the animal world. It doesn't come programmed with instinct or a set of rules that determine how it should live. Just as it sits inside the skull at the crown of the head, it has often been used for both good and evil purposes.

It's useful in making decisions on fact, yet, too often, it had seen little use when it came to waging war. While animals may fight, they seldom use the tactics man uses to mercilessly slaughter his fellow man.

Blessed with an overactive mind, we learned to construct magnificent palaces and cities spread across the globe. As history demonstrates, we have just as readily destroyed all traces of civilization. Rome conquered Carthage and reduced it to memory. Battlefields ran with blood at Agincourt soaked into the ground with no trace that the best knight once wielded a broadsword.

The mind is a hyperactive thing that never appears to find rest for a moment. Millions over the globe wake up restless, shower and clothe themselves to rush toward a job that promises freedom from the slavery of the past, yet millions are called “employees” as they work for corporations, often working for a menial wage.

The world of today demands performance from a job to the raising of a family. Despite having a mind that could be used creatively, millions spend years not realizing the full potential of greatness. They prefer to go through comfortable routines. Work-life is productive. Homelife exists without reason. We dull the mind's senses through entertainment just as soon as the workday is over. The weekends are reserved for football and Duff around the barbecue.

Come Monday morning we drag ourselves from bed after a night of constant tossing, tired and irritable. We realize we need to be on the move. This is life as we've learned to accept it. But the gray matter inside the skull doesn't seem to calm itself long enough for us to question our sensibilities. The gray matter seems to shout a message: "Use my potential, or I'll make your life a nightmare. I'll fill it with hyperactive thoughts. Use me!"

The mnd mind, as it exists, is filled with random and conflicting thoughts. It seldom focuses on any one point for long. It does this because it hasn't been disciplined to construct a goal and a plan to reach that goal. What it does is focus on raw emotion. Anger, envy, frustration, and depressing thoughts are what enters the skull. Negative emotions exist to create an incentive to make things better than they are. Dissatisfaction has led to great inventions that have saved time and made life easier for the masses. Angry thoughts, when focused correctly, provide a springboard toward success. Since most of us are filled with random and negative thoughts, we can't find a way to control what goes into our minds. We become unconscious about its workings. It doesn't solve problems as much as it tries to lay the blame on something or someone it imagines is responsible. Those thoughts are allowed to balloon to full-blown hatred.

It was William James who said that we fail to use up to 90% of our brain's capacity. We fail to use our mental faculties to create good since we haven't learned to focus on the good. It's a question of turning attention away from selfish desires and negative emotions, and train the mind to focus on pure thoughts, thoughts that uplift the human condition.

This kind of thinking isn't easy to accomplish. The mad mind loves randomness. It wants to be "free" to think as it will. This wouldn't be so bad if we viewed those active thoughts like a movie screen if they were just pictures without meaning. But the mind is an unconscious thing for most of us. It rules over the conscious mind and does its best to subdue and dull it with negative thoughts. The mad mind is successful in what it accomplishes. It draws away from our focus on the present moment—the now where life can exist. The mad mind wants us to regret the past and fear the future. When we dwell on the past or the future, we remain frozen, unable to act today. We procrastinate and find fault, but we seldom move ahead. Our lives become like the medieval citizen who saw nothing better than the constant struggle for survival.

What we need to do is awake to the antics our minds play on us. We need to channel our overactive thoughts into productive ways. We can't allow the mad mind to govern our every action based on the fables it wants us to believe.

 


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