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You Can Increase Mental Power by Training Your Mind

Jun 6, 2008
When we say we want to increase mental power, it is tempting to think of putting the mind into hyper drive. We get visions of motion, speed, and thoughts churning out solutions as fast as our computers go to a hyperlink.

At first glance one might think this was true.

But in point of fact it is being noted in our age of enlightenment that we really don't want to speed the mind up, but rather slow it down. We are beginning to learn that when we quiet this great computer called our mind, it actually works better. As I'm sure famed philosopher Ekhart Tolle would say, compulsive thinking is a 'disease', and when we follow the mind's obsessive agenda- we become very sick.

Many people in this day and age can truly understand Mr. Tolle's words. Most of us have had the experience of this compulsive mind disease. Perhaps we are out of a job, or facing some illness, or a loved one is. Perhaps it is financial distress or marital. We try to think of something else, but instead our mind churns away at the problem. We try jogging, hot baths, movies, TV, books, and perhaps in desperation a sleeping pill. Still we are haunted by our own thoughts that seem- like some demented computer- to have no off button, and to follow their own course instead of ours. And so it might be said that the mind has a 'mind of its own.'

And in this kind of scenario you might even say that there is an enemy in your camp...and the enemy is you. Or better said, your mind. Now this same enemy loves to tell you how inadequate, unworthy, or unworkable you are, and how you are doing it all wrong. Which makes the problem even worse.

So what the mind really needs in order to increase mental power is some down and dirty, Drill-Sargent training. It needs to be trained to say 'yes sir!' to when we want it on or off, and what we want it to think about. And this is not an easy task.

However I can tell you truly from my heart that this feat can be accomplished. To give an example, in my life now I am facing a whole host of crises at the same time. I am shifting careers, looking for work, losing my elderly father, and experiencing the regeneration of my old back injury. Most people would call this a recipe for insanity and a good reason to go to bed and not get up again for a while. But I have been very busy training my mind, and so I am living a stable, peaceful, and even quite happy life- despite it all. I have feelings and thoughts, and they come and go, but they do not dominate me.

There are many methods I have used to train my mind. Today for instance I focused on what could be done while lying down. This included a brain entrainment CD, a hypnosis CD, and a meditation CD, as well as some soft music. Later I took a walk in nature and kept calling myself to be present to the quiet. And when my mind jumped in with my cares and woes, I thanked it for sharing, and politely declined to continue the thoughts. In general, I try to be gentle with my mind. I know that my mind really believes, in some odd way, that it is helping me.
About the Author
For lots of great thoughts and ideas visit the blogs of renowned activist, speaker, and Science of Being specialist, Lorelei F. at increasementalpower and also at ways-to-alter-consciousness
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