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What Is The Mind?

Define Mind/Mind Definition

How does one define mind? According to Wikipedia the mind is defined as "the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought." It is the part of our being that functions to recognise and perceive objects. Although what we perceive appears to be objective (outside ourselves), it is in fact very subjective, depending entirely on the state and level of understanding of the mind doing the perceiving.

Buddhists believe that the mind is a formless mental continuum; that is to say, it has no beginning and no end and so it does not cease on death. It is constantly changing from one moment to the next. It is not dependent upon the body and can travel anywhere by use of the imagination - you can imagine being on the moon but you cannot physically get there without a spaceship. As it does not consist of matter, it cannot be scientifically investigated in the normal way. The mind is not the brain although activity in areas of the brain may correspond to mental activity of the mind.

The mind generates our experience of everything. When we are in a good state of mind, we are happier and peaceful and far more tolerant. When we are in a bad frame of mind, we are likely to anger easily and see things from a negative perspective. The things that will make us happy on a good day may have a much less positive effect when things are not going so well.

The mind thinks many thoughts throughout the day. It is very repetitive. Most of us have a default state which is the result of the main thoughts that we think repeatedly throughout each day and unfortunately for many of us, our default state tends towards the negative

There are different levels of mind:

The conscious mind - the thoughts that we are aware of on a daily basis.

The subconscious mind - the thoughts that are below surface level but that control our learned and automatic responses such as breathing, healing and the things we do so often that we don't have to pay much attention. These have been formed in our conscious mind and repeated so often that we now take them for granted as part of learned habits. They are generally beyond our conscious control as they are so deeply ingrained. They include our automatic reactions to the things in life that we do not like and wish to avoid.

The super conscious mind - this is the part of your mind that is connected to the universal power, infinite intelligence, collective consciousness, God or whatever term you prefer to use. Although we appear to be separate, the super conscious mind is the all-encompassing power that links all minds as one. It is the source of consciousness and creation. It is pure love and perfection, unlimited in potential and possibility. As we have moved further away from our source, many people have lost the ability to tap into this mind at will.

Whatever you believe, the mind truly is the creator of your universe. Nothing in this world is absolute. Everything depends upon your state of mind and your unique individual perception. Something that will make you happy when you are having a good day will not necessarily make you happy when your mind is full of anger or sorrow. Meditation is about familiarising yourself with good states of mind so that they become a habit and ridding yourself of those bad emotions and feelings. When you meditate you train your mind. And when you train your mind, you enter the realm of love, peace, tranquillity and understanding. This is the realm of unlimited possibilities. The material world will not make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind! And meditation is the best way to achieve that happy state of mind. Are you ready to give it a go?

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