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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mind Over Matter


The human mind is such that it is unable to rest even when we sleep! Barring a few hours that we are in deep slumber it is active all the time, including dreaming and even day dreaming! It probably travels at the speed of the light, as the numbers of thoughts that invade it are difficult to measure. I am not as much concerned from a scientific point of view but more from a literary perspective. Give the mind a rest for some time and it is fully charged to process and generate even more ideas. Like the human tongue that likes to flavor all the tastes ranging from sweetest to sour , the human mind  works  overtime to be possessed with creative thoughts to write a story, or a small work of fiction or even poetry. God has created each one different and hence the ideas that get generated are also unique. The mind too wants different fodder ranging from serious works , other times funny stories, lyrical compositions, fantasy, thrillers, fiction or even erotic! The mind has a strange connection with the other body parts which make us feel active, dull or lethargic based on the swing in moods. If the mind continues to stay in a particular state for longer duration, it has a telling effect on the rest of the body including the fitness levels or sometimes on set of disease thus it is important to maintain the mind in happy state for as long as possible

Most of us are most creative in the wee hours of the morning when the new ideas come in torrents including the dreams too! There have been times when waiting for a cab, or reading  or even while taking a bath, the mind goes on overdrive but rarely do we have ‘Eureka’ moments like Archimedes, or discovering ’Laws of Gravitation’  while sitting under an apple tree like Newton.

I have always wondered how quickly we change the tracks while thinking. The best designed railroad systems cannot match the change in tracks in comparison to a human mind. Those who are accomplished politicians can change their minds about jumping bandwagons faster than a chameleon that can change colors when they see greater benefits or greener pastures.

Another phenomenon that has left me bewildered at times is the ‘change of mind’. I am sure most of us experience this at some time or other! When we have decided on acting in a particular way in a situation we act in a totally different manner at the spur of the moment. Many a times there is just no rational explanation as to why we did that way!

In some shocking situations the mind gets benumbed rendering the rest of the body in a transfixed condition, in a way unable to act. Our minds also have a capacity of retention of past memory to act in a predictable manner or situation or even with individuals with whom we have interacted in past. Thus our actions are governed more depending on the state of mind.


Well that was what came to my mind and would stop the rant lest I get a ‘piece of mind’ of my lovely readers!

'Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.'


PS: Picture kind courtesy Google

41 comments:

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    1. Ha , Ha so happy to find some one equally fascinated with this subject like me, Francesca!

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  2. Yes,Rahul, nobody has been able to unravel the mind. How it changes its course of action in a jiffy is marvelous.

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    1. Complex yet a marvellous creation of god, Ushaji!

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  3. I am currently working on a research paper where I m trying to explain human neurology using quantum physics..:) n I have realized that the more I dig the less I know..hope I get to its root in a few years..
    A very fascinating write up Rahul sir :)

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    1. Wow, Jemina... this is incredible! Your subject of research is truly inspiring. Do let me know when you complete as would like to know more from you:)

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  4. The brain is an amazing thing! Imagine what we could achieve if we used all of it!

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  5. Brain is a truly fascinating subject. Do you watch "Brain Games" on Discovery -- a fabulous program.

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    1. Thank you Rachna! Will watch this program as was not aware of this!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Radhika that you liked the post!

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  7. In the Mahabharata there is an episode where yudhishtira answers the questions by a Yaksha. To what's faster than the fastest of horses or some similar question, he answers 'the human mind '

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    1. Absolutely right Jaishree, I too had read that but could not recollect when writing this post:) Thanks for the added value!

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  8. As a student of Psychology and now a teacher of the subject, the mind is one topic I find to be extremely fascinating :-) I loved reading some of your musings :-)

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    1. Great Divya, that too coming from a teacher on the subject! I hope you will enlighten more through your post one day:)

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    2. Sure :-) Will write one sometime in future :-D

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  9. It is a "Product" created by the almighty.
    It works as per His directions.
    may be,we shouild allow it to be so.

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    1. Agree Mr Chowla! I am of the same view:)

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  10. I agree that age is mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter. I also nod my head at the change of mind bit. I can be a bit of a mind changer ;)

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    1. Hmmm... I liked the last bit, Rachna:)

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  11. Mind is a mystery, we play a lot in this game called life with the works of our mind.

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  12. Yes and this is the major reason why I cannot understand the concept of Meditation!!! My Brain things minimum 100 things as I type this :O

    Well documented Rahul sir :D

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    1. Why do you need to meditate, Ramya? I think that can be a subject for another post, though I am not very knowledgeable about it:)

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  13. "Many a times there is just no rational explanation as to why we did that way!
    This pretty much sums up all my actions :D I doubt that is a good thing though :)

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    1. Agree Chintan! We all are pretty much the same:)

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  14. So true but I am not at all a morning person so nothing worthwhile comes to my head in the morning other than sleep:)
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. Ha ha Asamptha, one need not get best ideas in only morning! Sleeping may be a better idea:)

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  15. I completely agree with the idea you shared. Human mind is the fastest at flipping from one thought to another. It happens to me most of the times. And yes, I experienced, I think of something in a different way but react to it differently.

    I am impressed to see how minutely and perfectly your observation is.
    Great to read a total new thing here :)

    Happy writing!

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    1. A huge thanks Simran for your very nice comment!

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  16. Happens to me, I talk about something and a minute later I try recollecting what I was talking about. Sometimes I find it very difficult to sleep because of the numerous thoughts that would be running around. Sigh :-)

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    1. We all face this some time or other, but maybe physical tiredness is the key to get into deep slumber, Ashwini:)

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  17. Hi Rahul, sorry for the delayed response, I have began a new project and barely have time to blog and comment. Its truly amazing how powerful the mind is, and how creativity can immerse at any random moment. Well described! Wishing you a fruitful week ahead

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    1. You managed to read this and comment is in itself gratifying:) Thanks a lot Sam and best of luck for all your pursuits!

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