The Mind

A ccording to a marketing and advertising news blog Adrants, A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

When we talk about the mind, most of us relate it to the brain which is natural, as our mind tends to attach tangible elements to any thought or feeling for future memory reference to that particular thought or feeling.

The brain alone cannot fully function independently from the mind, therefore our mind can be seen as the dominant element behind our relatedness and responsiveness to our immediate surroundings.

Many people believe that the human mind is designed to function as a programable machine, therefore an individual should be able to determine the quality of input information with which to supply the mind (such as thoughts, learning new skills, and staying healthy), to obtain an equivalent output (habit, behavior, and addictions). Nevertheless, just as with any other living thing, the mind can either be healthy or unhealthy.

A healthy mind can be built through the following practices; staying positive, healthy eating habits, and mind-relaxation exercises.  Breathing is known to be one of the most effective ways to exercise the brain, as it allows the flow of life into the brain and the rest of the body.

Breathing exercises can be carried out in many positions, but sitting upright, standing upright and lying down on your back, are the most common postures used to reduce tension, relieve stress and provide a good therapy tool to relax the mind and body.

Here are some health tips by Diana Kohnle a HealthDay article writer, for practicing deep breathing:

  • Lie down flat on your back, with one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.
  • Slowly breathe in, allowing your stomach to expand and rise.
  • Hold the breath for a couple of seconds, before slowly breathing out.
  • Slowly exhale the air in such a way that your stomach drops lower than its normal shape.
  • Repeat the above steps several times.

Please note that it is always advisable to carry out the above exercise on an empty stomach (preferably before your daily periodic meals). This allows the effective movement of the stomach and therefore the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain is more effective.

In one of his famous quotes, Albert Einstein said the following; “The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.”

With that been said, we can kick off with a small brain quiz.

Q) Which of these options below has a better performance capability for providing accurate information? You are welcome to justify your answer.

  1. Human brain (Mind)
  2. Computer (Mac book air)

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