Monday, September 11, 2017

Happiness and Human Wisdom

Life is complex, and, as such, living is never simple. That is why you need wisdom in living to make the best and the most out of your life. Given that life is short; avail of every opportunity to create your own box, instead of just thinking out of the box. The art of living well is to create a life uniquely yours that you wish to live.

To many, happiness is the main ingredient in a life well lived. However, happiness is difficult to define, and at times very elusive. For many of them, happiness comes from money, health, and relationships. One does not need abundance to meet the basics in life or to feel material contentment, but one does need reasonably good physical and mental conditions as well as satisfying relationships in order to appreciate the joys of living. All these needs require mind power. In addition, life is not always a bed of roses; there are problems, challenges that are a part and parcel of life and living. Wisdom in living is understanding how to tackle and cope with the difficulties in life. Again, the mind plays a pivotal role. Therefore, it is essential to empower the mind in order to live well.

The art of living well is always mind over matter. After all, the mind controls everything: how you think, how your experience what happens to you, how you perceive your past and present experiences, how you anticipate your future expectations, how you make decisions and take actions that affect your future experiences.

You are who you are and what you have now become is all in the mind; essentially, you are the sum of your thoughts. But how does one control one's mind? Or how does the mind think?

Surprisingly, we have never been taught how to think. When we were young children in the early phase of growth and development, we were exposed to the world around us through our five senses; then our minds began to process what we perceived in our experiences, generalizing and interpreting it according to our mental input, and applying it whenever and wherever we thought appropriate and applicable. Over the years, these perceptions and experiences have become the substances or raw materials with which we think. But this may not be "how" we should think. The human thoughts are like an unbridled horse, which must be tamed first before it can become a stallion. Therefore, it is important to know how your mind works, so that you can empower the mind to work for you instead of against you.

You mind responds to your experiences from your five senses: sight, sound, small, taste, and touch. These sensations are then embedded in your mind, which is made up of a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Theoretically, you are in perfect control of your conscious mind; that is, you consciously decide what experiences you want to remember or to be stored in your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, on the other hand, simply absorbs indiscriminately all your mental perceptions and reactions to all your experiences; in other words, it does not reason or analyze your mental input. In actual life, your conscious makes decisions about how you think and what you do. However, it is your subconscious mind that directs your conscious mind; in other words, your subconscious mind controls your conscious mind, although you may not be totally aware of it. Therefore, it is critical that you know how to control your subconscious mind, instrumental in directing your conscious mind. To empower the mind is to control your thinking mind by providing it with an optimum environment for it to function efficiently and effectively.

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Stephen Lau
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