Limits Exist Solely In The Mind

We are our own greatest obstacle when it comes to what our limits are.

It’s easy to look around and find reasons to blame things for your limitations, your failures. In fact, it’s so easy, we all do it, if even just a little. It’s a simple escape from the hard reality that stares at us all the time, and we’re human after all. It’s something that needs to be recognized, because the lack of ownership people have of themselves and their actions is one of the leading contributors of why there are so many issues in our world today.

Ultimately, we are the creators of our own limits. As I have said before, I always find it fascinating how we run our lives, through our choices, our energy, our mindset. Questions of fate and freewill, of our thoughts manifesting things in our lives, of the way we choose to live, (with or without awareness, etc.) are always very intriguing to me. These questions pertain to our own selves – human beings are incredible mysteries with hidden wonders. But what’s more, once the answers to these questions are found through personal exploration, one’s life will change greatly – a clarity that did not previously exist will pervade throughout one’s existence.

Reflective Water

You already have the answers, just look at them. (Photo credit: Ricky Romero)

The methods of finding these answers, and even the answers themselves, vary greatly for each and every one of us. Always though, these keys to pure living lie within, and the further you go, the more you will find yourself. Superficial living doesn’t in anyway reinforce personal growth. You have to look deeper.

What I have found is that it is one’s own self that is the greatest preventer. I more than anyone or anything, control my life, and it is my own fears that dictate my boundaries. Perhaps the simplest example – I cannot ride roller coasters. They fill me with fear and thus I cannot bring myself to ride them. The fear comes from my mind. My soul, my “I” does not know fear. It is beyond material pains and pleasures.

Now I do not mean to say that the world does not limit us in any ways, for it does. We have incarnated into imperfect bodies after all. But it is not physical limits that I am addressing. It is not about how many miles one can run, but how far they can push themselves beyond pain. Pain, after all, is our greatest teacher on this planet, but that too exists only in the mind. Your soul does not know pain. But I believe we have come down to Earth to be in physical bodies for a reason. And perhaps that reason is to transcend limitations.

To be your full potential, your true self, you cannot not hold with you the restrictions of the physical. Sadly though, we all have them. They exist. Where do they come from? What manifests them? Limits exist solely in the mind.

At the same time, you create your opportunities. I believe the mind plays a part in that as well, manifesting things into being. Sending intentions. Staying positive. Finding the will to break through deterrents.

Limitations.

You are looking at a reflection of your fear. Walls provide a false security. (Photo credit: Alpha Beta Photography)

It’s quite amazing, really. And it creates this wonderful dichotomy of construction and destruction. We are architects, but we are also demolitionists. It all depends to how we choose to use the tools we have – our bodies, our intellect, our imagination. We can contribute to this limitless universe. We can be this limitless universe. Or we can enclose our worlds with mental walls of fear and anxiety. It is always your choice.

The walls surrounding you? They are yours. You can do what you wish with them.

–mrprose

The True Sign of Intelligence

A quote I found today spoke to me. I have to share:

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

–Albert Einstein

It’s fairly likely you’ve heard that quote before. But have you really stopped to ponder what it means? What Albert Einstein, arguably one of the the smartest men in history, is saying? He’s saying things like factoids don’t mean a thing.

Which means modern society has got it all wrong.

The school system concentrates on hammering little facts of any and every kind into student’s heads, for no reason and often no explanation. These facts are usually quite useless, and don’t really make anyone any smarter. Why is there so much importance placed on knowledge, why is this world so obsessed on teaching the new generation stuff that won’t necessarily serve them as people? Stuff that isn’t really all that useful?

math!

Imagine if that math was taught in the context of how to run a business. I would say that that kind of schooling is far more worthwhile! (Photo credit: MStewartPhotography)

Because we still haven’t opened our minds to understand what creativity truly is. We’re still stuck on teaching kids to cram for tests on things they’ll forget the next week. Grades don’t mean anything. Society is telling you you’re stupid or smart based of a series of flat, fact-based questions. I think it’s time we make a serious shift in our perspective, because fostering this attitude is kind of sad, if you ask me.

Intelligence is shown through one’s ability to imagine. Creatively coming up with answers and solutions, to, I don’t know, the world’s problems. Finding loopholes, making new discoveries. Imitation, then innovation. We need to start appreciating the right brain for what it can do.

Intelligence is so much more than math facts and how to spelling words. Look at Bill Gates,

English: Mark Zuckerberg at South by Southwest...

Why is it that we all recognize his face…?(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison: three of the most bright men alive right now, and none of those three graduated college. Their brilliance came through their inspirational and revolutionary visions.

My mom is an extremely intelligent person, although not if you look at her in the traditional, inaccurate sense. She always has an ingenious, creative solution, one that often eludes the rest of the family. She makes discoveries and has the astute eye of one that can tell much through only body language and behavior. These are underrated skills that many others considered “smart”, lack. It doesn’t matter if she’s not the quickest mathematician, or if she doesn’t know the periodic table by heart. Those things don’t matter if she has skills that far outweigh that knowledge, in terms of practicality and inventiveness.

So keep that quote in mind as you evaluate other’s mental capabilities. There is far, far more than knowledge in an intelligent mind.

–mrprose

The Pros and Cons of Routine

Hello,

I realize my postings are rather late lately, but at least I’m writing. I can’t time when I am inspired, but even more difficult is how long it takes me to articulate these deep thinkings – 1-2 hours a day. 🙂 So down to business.

What are my thinkings directed towards? It’s odd, but I don’t feel “deep” right now.

I’m noticing cycles of thoughts that I have, based partially on my environments, but also because of the things I continuously encounter. These cycles happen for everyone. I mean, much of the basic structure of our lives revolve around routine, and routine is very difficult to escape, considering humans have several needs for survival that come up at regular intervals (hunger, the need for sleep, etc.). Routine can also be a healthy thing, a source of comfort. When my routine changes too much too quickly, I often become frazzled and lose track of where I am. Routine reminds me where that place. Even more interesting to me, I believe I can spot interesting details in my life during the more “normal” moments in my life, where I’m not looking around, wide-eyed, and trying to take all the big things in.

But like I wrote in a piece reminiscing moments slip by, routine can dull the mind. Too much of the same thing diminishes the drive and openness of the mind to explore the unexplored. Also, easy routine does not require much creative or abstract thinking, if at all, and thus that part of the mind would naturally become weak and unpracticed. This is seen in many, many older people. The people waiting for time to take them away instead of making the most of their time here.

Also, I personally believe that it’s healthy to keep the mind sharp by using it, and when one

Healthy brain (bottom) versus brain of a donor...

Healthy brain (bottom) versus brain of a donor with Alzheimer’s disease. Notable is the “shrink” that has occurred in Alzheimer’s disease; the brain was decreased in size. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

doesn’t use the brain, it would logically lose it’s sharpness. With that, I believe different brain diseases like Alzheimer’s are far more prone to a weak mind.

Sadly, though, a common use of routine in one’s life, is to hide. Nowadays, it’s easy to find routines that are safe, that avoid material pain of certain kinds (you won’t be able to avoid emotional pain if you don’t invest in your life, no matter the medication you use).

I realize that it’s not always the best to push yourself. Taking it easy can be live-saving/changing, but like I said before, routines can and do dull the mind if taken with the wrong intentions. As I read in the book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, the protagonist is an 83 year old that has been living in more or less the same way all his life – and he heavily regrets not doing more.

Life is all about adventure, and I can’t fathom why one would squander such a chance at having an inexplicably beautiful experience. I must repeat the things I say in almost all my thinkings – your life is what you make it, so face your fears and invest into your life.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must return to my routine.

–mrprose