Beneath the Surface: Mindfulness

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Beneath the surface: Mindfulness

The human Mind is a product of our environment, our environment is a product of our perception, our perception is a product of need and wants, our need and wants is a product of our surrounding/nature.

Without us losing track of the topic of discussion, which is “Mindfulness”, I will like us to understand what the human mind is and what mindfulness is about?

May I start with a personal quote “the human mind, is that part of us that either makes us or breaks us” with this said I will like to brings us to the commonly asked question, where is the location of the human mind? 

This can be a tricky question, to answer. This is because in the past the mind has been interchangeable used to mean the brain.

In literature dating back to the 17th Century, many philosophers and scientists were involved in the debate over this question; where/what is the definition of the human mind and Brain?

We can say one of the best description/definition till date for this topic is the argument from Rene Descartes (1596-1650), a French philosopher, who developed a dualistic theory of mind and matter. In translation into today’s computer terminologies, may say the Descartes explained the Mind as software, and the brain as hardware.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso defines the mind, as not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. This means the brain is not the mind but simple part of the body.

There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind because our body and mind are different entities.  For example, sometimes when our body is relaxed and immobile, our mind can be very busy, darting from one object to another. This indicates that our body and mind are not the same entity.

The British Biologist, Sir Julian Huxley (1887-1975) has this to say; “the Brain alone is not responsible for the mind”.

Mind as a topic has always being debited for decade and even with the development of modern technology in the twentieth century. The debit is still on. 

According to Neuroscience, they are said to have an accurate definition of the mind and brain;” the mind is the brain in action. The mind is the state when the brain is alive and works. When the brain is dead, the mind cannot function”.

In the Buddhist scriptures, compared our body to a guest house and our mind to dwelling within it. When we die, our mind leaves our body; with this definition, we can say the mind and the brain need each other to function. The mind is the product of the functioning brain.

So the question should be what determines the production/functioning capacity of our mind?

With the above question in mind, oh! You got me there.  Let look at Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something, it’s a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and body sensations.

At the networking event titled: Beneath the surface: Mindfulness. Scheduled for the 9th of September 2016, We will be looking at the Mind and it functioning capacity-“Mindfulness” and how we can apply this to our daily life and how when mindfulness is properly applied this can help us leave a better life.

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Author: Linda Anthony is a project /event Manager with 7years experience working for the financial service, utility company and currently managing a consulting business.

She finds the positive’s in every situation and enjoys meeting people. For further information on our services, as a business contact us on: info@belembconsultancy.co.uk

Reference:  

Mindfulness at work by Dr Stephen Mckenzie, Exisle Publishing pty ltd. 2013

http://www.personal-development.com/yasha

Transform your Life:  A Blissful Journey by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso,

Web: http://kadampa.org/reference/mind

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