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Befriending the mind is the surest way to live an elite life.

The mind is a mysterious and elusive thing.

It’s weird that the mind even exists. How does “something as sublime and insubstantial as thought or consciousness … emerge from three pounds of gelatinous pudding inside the skull?” No one knows. Moreover, even though the mind is created by the brain, the mind can operate with some independence from the brain. In fact, the mind can actually change the brain.

What you can do about it: Nothing. Just be amazed.
“Thinking” is the way you talk to yourself.

You can watch your mind at work.
Without tampering with your skull in any way, you can become skilled at mind-watching. Using mindful awareness, “you can stand outside your own mind as if you are watching what is happening to another rather than experiencing it yourself.” The “watching part,” sometimes called “the Observing Self” , is somewhat detached from emotions and can view your thoughts and actions with some impartial objectivity. By contrast, the “experiencing” part of your mind notices sense impressions and has emotional reactions to them.

Noticing your mental habits and activities (fantasies, stories, ideas) is the first step toward calming or changing your mind. Developing an Observing Self is also critical to monitoring your actions.
What you can do: To cultivate your Observing Self, notice your self-talk without judgment. Do you worry about the same things again and again? Do you talk to yourself in an encouraging way or a hurtful way? Listen to your self-talk and you will see your mind at work. At some point, you might decide to change any thinking habits that are holding you back.

The mind is a wild thing and will run where it will.
Have you ever noticed that your mind can be a three-ring circus? This quote by a Buddhist writer describes the strange things we might see when we look into our minds:
“(Sometime) you will come face to face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and hopeless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you never noticed.”
It is reassuring to realize that everyone has a “monkey mind” filled with fantasies, stories, wild imaginings, and thoughts both useful and ridiculous. In other words, the mind has a mind of its own. It can’t be controlled, but—no problem—you can learn to manage it.
When you notice your mind spinning stories, thoughts, and fantasies, say to yourself, “Just thoughts,” or “Thinking.” This labeling will help you view your mental chatter more objectively, take it less seriously, and calm yourself. This technique is from Zen meditation practice, but you don’t need to be a meditator to use it. I use it all day long.

Your mind can change your brain.
Yes, your mind—that is, your thoughts— can change your brain. Odd as it may sound, as you create new thought patterns, you actually rewire your brain. The more you practice a new thinking habit, the more the same neurons will learn to work together and wire together. As neuroscientists say, neurons that fire together, wire together. In other words, “…directed, willed mental activity can clearly and systematically alter brain function.”

Write down the self-talk you’d like to adopt in a given situation, then recite it to yourself when needed.
Simple feeling words can calm your mind and change your brain.
Your brain has a negativity bias, but your mind can teach it to be happier.

And with all this, the simplest thing that i wished to convey is that ‘We are our greatest enemies.”
“The greatest opponent is the one within.”
Therefore, if each individual turns inwards and starts to watch over the mind, then realizing the facts of life and building a better and more cooperative world wouldn’t be far away.

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