Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Be a Harbormaster of your Heart and Mind: Be Different and Stand Out / #coding #beinghuman

The world is filled with 'good enough' results and 'ok' hearts.  Having an 'ok' heart is far better than having a troubled heart in constant turmoil and rising above the norm of what is expected simply is not required and not needed, in most cases. In fact, we can do less than spectacular on a daily basis and lead lives with healthy measures of happiness and fulfillment which by average standards are acceptable to ourselves and our communities.

Just like a computer being programmed with code, our brains get coded from an early age with messages that shape and mold its line of thinking and ultimately our actions. It is quite true that the plasticity in our brain is malleable and that we are free to re-code our thought patterns, how we view ourselves and how we approach the world with our thought process. Brain plasticity means that we become our thoughts and feelings with our actions reinforcing or weakening the power behind these thoughts and feelings.  Similar to computers, human beings with intricately more complex and organic computation patterns will operate to a large degree according to the sum of the information stored and reflected upon therein. Being self-aware of what code goes into us can make all the difference on a daily basis and doing something to carefully choose what coding goes into us can begin to make all the difference in helping us climb out of  'average' and into what we may view as 'spectacular.' The catch is to be self-aware of the internal and external coding that is constantly wiring out thoughts, feelings and actions.

Internal coding can be likened to the mental running dialogue we may have within ourselves as we go about our day. Catching this dialogue and turning the lights on to it can be surprising. We are not this dialogue but it is a figment of imprints on our mind which do simulate and address real ideas, desires, thoughts and feelings we have. When we become consistent meditators, that is, when we consistently practice the quieting of the mind we will notice that this internal dialogue dials down and changes. Our very own thought patterns get altered and our thoughts, feelings and actions are literally calmly forced to change according to the new coding we consistently are feeding it. In the case of a meditator, this coding physically begins to change the brain and begins to re-shape and re-wire how it does what it does for you.

It is not normal to be self-aware of this. Our way of life in western culture is actually primed to not actually favor independent thought. Being an independent thinker makes you different. Being an independent thinker separates you from the pack mentality (which is normal) to remain average. If you have a typical mind, you have it in you at all times to begin to consider how you reinforce the informational code on a daily basis. You have it in you to make a change to better you life one step at a time and move on from 'good enough' to something closer to spectacular.

In the best cases, I have found that having worthwhile goals that make life better for others in genuine, healthy ways coupled with moving to be a more self-aware, independent thinker and doer tends to create and sustain the passion we need to continue to move away from being 'good enough' and having an 'ok' heart to being great and having a wonderful heart. In my own life, putting others first before myself has helped me do this. Putting the focus on just myself in order to serve myself does not grow or sustain my passion for getting up each morning and looking forward to working in my varied ways for the community. Putting the focus on empowering others and serving others does.

So it is that the internal and external coding that enters one's life can bolster or trip us up on the road to being self-aware, independent thinkers and doers. It goes hand in hand with having worthwhile goals to serve and empower others. That which is on the inside of us then will end up showing on the outside of us eventually and so it becomes pertinent to be resolute on not just what we eat and put in our tummies, but what we eat and keep in our minds and hearts. Just like healthy eating puts more 'life in your step and adds life to your years,' healthy thinking helps you continue to grow as a person beyond the average of what is good enough.

Mind your thoughts by minding what you listen to and what you allow to harbor within you.

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