Tuesday 13 October 2015

Mind your mind...in team/people management. - Train the trainer.

Mind you mind

PS : The purpose of this article is to understand our mind a little better than that we are currently aware of. The posts from various renowned Authors included in this article talk about much more advanced concepts such as mindfulness - meaning and how to practice it. It is difficult to understand and practice these concepts unless we understand the basics. In this post we will discuss and focus on the basics of relation between mind and body, understand them, explore ways and means to benefit out of it.  

To begin with our mind can be better understood as a trainer of our body, a natural guidance system to see us through situations of threat, an information processor, a decision maker. It is a vital part of our body that guides the rest of the body, from simple day to day functions to much more complex things that we encounter. So what does it take to train this trainer? How can we get the best out of an excellent tool that is readily available to us? The answer to this is very simple, let us first understand what our brain wants and when will it function at its best. We will now look at a couple of scenarios to get an idea of what our brain wants and how does it influence our body. 

Scenario 1 : Now most of us can recollect the painful times of our childhood when we were told to get up early in the morning to study and prepare for the exams that are fast approaching. Imagine the plight of the body, when it had to wake up very early in the morning to study, with very little sleep, especially after a tiring day. How many times do we snooze the alarm? We literally force ourselves to get out of the bed and probably curse ourselves and hate the studies maybe our life too. 

Scenario 2 : Now imagine that it is your vacation and you have to get up early to go to a picnic or meet up someone that you are longing to meet. Even in this case you had an equally tiring day before and had very little sleep. But yet you get up in a jiffy. I am sure you can relate to this incident.

So whats the difference between these two instances? The answer is your mind's influence over your body. Mind prepares the body well in advance for things that it is interested in. It influences the body to act and react to different situations differently, as it perceives. The brain records all the conditions present at the time of the experience. It re enacts and influences the body when similar situation arises in future. Probably, that is the reason that you enjoy a movie or an outing with a group of friends, and you won't enjoy doing the same with a group of people that you are not so keen on bonding. 

The mind and body work closely together. They regularly influence each other. Understanding this process can be very helpful in improving our day to day activities and also in influencing our mental and physical health. Many medical professionals, scientists and researchers are now devoting much more attention to the mind and body connection with relation to restoration of health. If our mind can cause our brain to instruct our bodies to get sick, then it can also help us to get well. 

In order to understand in depth, we need to know a more advanced concept known as mindfulness. Please refer to the posts below to get a clear understanding of the same:

The Amazing abilities of the Human mind - Jayaram V

The meaning of mindfulness : It means to be now and here and perceive with clarity what is going on in your mind, body and environment. Mindfulness is whole body awareness. The practice of mindfulness, although sounds easy, is rather difficult, because the restless mind does not confirm to a pattern of behavior without adequate preparation and strong commitment. However, at the most basic level, mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and everywhere by anyone with some discipline, guidance and preparation. Right mindfulness as an excellent tool on hand has many applications in the sphere of everyday activities.

I really appreciate your time reading this post. I hope you enjoy reading the post and find it helpful. I request you to share the learning as much as possible so that many more benefit from it. I would be glad to know your inputs both For or Against. Please feel free to post,share or like if you find it useful.

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