A Strong Mind

We all have minds. Ok most of us have one! How your mind functions impacts the course of your life and those around you. Unlike your muscles or heart the functioning of your mind has far reaching consequences not just on yourself but sometimes on humanity. Even a small act sometimes can cascade to have global ramifications and your actions are governed by your mind. It is my hope that a strong mind makes better quality decisions than one that is weak and therefore it begs the question, what makes your mind strong. Swami Vivekanand said that the human mind, already a monkey, has been intoxicated with wine, stung by a scorpion and has demons dancing within. It is such as mind that we are trying to control.

There can be debate on the characteristics of a strong mind, but what ever language you choose a mind that is calm, focused, effective, determined and persistent would probably come close to your own definition. Can you train your mind to be so? I never thought of it so, but your mind is also much like any other organ in your body say the muscles in your eyes  that determine the reflexes of your sight. Once you see your mind so, it is possible to believe and train your mind. In the same systematic manner in which you would build a bicep or a tricep, you can train your mind through disciplined focus. Meditation helps greatly in this process. It is the one act where you are working exclusively on your mind, hopefully to the exclusion of all else. Other habits that help are acceptance, eating mindfully and exercise.

Probably the most challenging aspect of creating a strong mind is in managing the duality of striving for more and yet constantly being satisfied in the now. Remember when I talk about striving, its not always for material things, it could be a thirst for more knowledge, beating an olympic record or paradoxically even having a strong mind. The act of working to make your mind strong is not dependent on your circumstances or who you are. No matter what your starting point, and I acknowledge that some people are born stronger than others, you can still work to build a strong mind. All it takes it the realization that you can.