The structure and make up of the human mind can’t be understood by simply evaluating philosophical ideas. Or skimming through its surface like you would the front page of newspaper (if you still buy newspapers that is). I would dare to call the mind the most complex and greatest gift man has ever got to explore. Like an oil rig dredging the ocean floors, and still not being able to scratch the surface of its reserves. I fear man will not be able to explore fully the limitless potential, and secrets the mind has got to offer.
Make-up of the mind
What is the mind really? Why does this brief discuss attempt to shed light on its mysteries and secrets? Is the mind a cockpit for the body’s flight into realms unknown? Or is it just a theoretical and fictitious topic, bearded Aristotle and Socrates wannabes, discuss to pass time?
As given by Wikipedia, [¹]The mind is the set of thinking faculties including cognitive aspects such as consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory, as well as noncognitive aspects such as emotion. Under the scientific physicalist interpretation, the mind is housed at least in part in the brain. According to Psychology, The mind is an abstract concept used to characterize thoughts, feelings, subjective states, and self-awareness that presumably arise from the brain.
Well, these definitions scream about the existence of the mind and its propulsion of all the activities that go on within our heads. It’s as real as you and me, as well as its power.
workings of the mind
You’ve most probably heard that, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. Does it really? Considering our topic of discuss, I beg to differ. As defined above, we’ve read how it houses our cognitive acts as well, and this tells plainly that all actions performed by the body have been cooked up in the mind and brain as they are arguably extensions of each other. So I would say instead, that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first spark of thoughts ignited by the flint of our reasoning.
What does this tell you? We can transcend previously unclimbable heights and embark on impossible journeys once our minds are set on these tasks. Seems like a long shot right? That would only be because your mind hasn’t been tuned to a frequency of seemingly impossible channels. Not too long ago, [³]62-year-old George Hood, beat the Guinness world record for man holding the longest plank, by setting his own record of 8 hours!! Did you grit your teeth and shout “No way!”? Well I’ll tell you “Yes way!!!”
How did you figure he did that? He had set his mind to achieve that goal whilst training his body to meet that quota ofcourse. Now don’t get lost in the awesomeness of other people’s actions. People who have exercised their minds as well as their bodies. Ask yourself, how have I wielded my mind to achieve awesomeness of my own making? Can I even achieve that? Ofcourse you can. Just as the human body possesses the ability to do things that might seem superhuman, our mind does also. Matter of fact, it is the other way around. The flexibility of our minds automatically transfer to our bodies, if we are willing to let it. It is best that we see and treat our minds as everything special and as a unique structure. The earlier we see it that way, the better for us. It’s high time we stopped treating our minds as compartments bearing ghostly thoughts but as treasures beneficial to all.
As it’s commonly said, that we practice what we preach, (although this isn’t a sermon of any sort….. Well you get the gimmick) I as a fitness enthusiast and body builder have had to employ this ‘mindful’ strategy in a bid to reach my desired goal. Being an ectomorph, that is having a body type that is naturally slim, unable to gain fat and lose it easily. Not to mention the difficulty in gaining and maintaining muscle growth.
oh yeah, want to know how I turned out? ofcourse, after having forged a mind of steel over the years, with gazillion of hours put into workouts, I turned out pretty well. Although it’s still a gradual journey, with lots of improvements to be noted and acted on. My mind is still set, because determination and consistency are pillars that keep my aspirations and goals buoyant.
Our bodies and actions are mirrors of the capacities of our minds.