“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace
Our mind is a very powerful force in our lives. It allows us to interact with our environments, maintain the systems we need to live without any purposeful thinking and is very good at comparing and categorizing our day-to-day experiences. The mind, however, is a horrible task master.
The mind is a horrible task master because of a few inherent aspects that allow really good things to happen, but also really bad things. For example, the mind likes to automate things, because it is efficient. Once you learn to ride a bike, tie your shoes, or pick up food with a fork, the mind automates this task. You literally do these things subconsciously after a little practice.
This same process is what makes the mind dangerous. Good habits like eating right, exercising, proper hygiene, and anything else you can think of that are positive are just awesome when we are doing them subconsciously. Bad habits like smoking, drinking in excess, eating unhealthy foods like processed sugar, unhealthy fats, using drugs (non-prescribed) are horrible for you, but the mind does not differentiate these things. Good or bad, the mind automates to save processing power.
How do we take control? We have to begin listening for that internal voice (Conscience, God, the Universe, whatever you want to call it.) This internal voice is separate from the mind. The problem with this voice is its volume is affected by the attention we give to it. The more you listen to this voice, the louder it gets. Conversely, the more you ignore the voice, the less you’ll hear it.
Try listening to this voice. It will provide you with input that allows you to change your life for the better. It will also give you a nudge when you are doing something wrong or harmful. Initially, the voice will be very quiet. Once you begin listening to it, however, it will grow in volume and will become a very helpful partner.
Rule your mind by going outside of it to get the “right” input. If you don’t, the mind will control you and believe me, it is not a good place to be.