This attempt to see mind from a biological point of view is weak at best.
I cover a wide range of metaphysical and spiritual topics in these classes. Some range a little into the questionable, but no intent to offend is ever involved. Today, we are talking about swearing.
The mind runs constantly, but we don’t consciously direct it for large portions of that time. We tend to dismiss strange little hiccups and random stray thoughts, usually not even remembering that we have them, say, if someone were to ask us a few minutes after the fact.
There are basic behaviours that occur as naturally as our breathing and respiration, but usually without much intensity. Again, we overlook them. Your fight or flight reflex triggers many times in any given day. Our brains range of these processes is actually pretty limited.
If I am doing something I usually do daily, my mind will wander, and I often can’t remember what I just did. Exactly.
Yes, if it is a routine especially.
That state contains as much if not more skill learning and memory than our conscious thought does. We are taught to view thinking as an effort filled thing. We have to think carefully, get all of our facts straight, make sure we are not mistaken, don’t look foolish. It’s pretty tense, no? This tension shifts the balance of our mind in a way that it doesn’t necessarily have to go. Everything gets coloured with a general haze of disgust. Can we easily identify times during our day when we are not frustrated?
Well, watching a good show. Ah indeed, when on autopilot, or at least it would seem we aren’t.
Though even then if they vote out the wrong person…
In general, your brain remains primed for error detection, any loud noise, any awkward turn of phrase, someone speaking to us in an off tone of voice. Neuroscientists say this state is necessary, that it amounts to a survival instinct. Is this something we can all relate to?
Yea, it’s amazing how the tone of someone’s voice can put us on edge immediately.
Yet strangely, the worlds biggest killer right now is not any environmental hazard, no toxins nor disease, not even predation. It’s stress. Why is that you think?
Because we push ourselves so hard.
It’s chronic with no outlet like killing the stag.
People actually hunt to relax… that used be our main job.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.