Our brain is in my opinion one of the most magnificent organs. It’s purpose is to analyse and assess things, dangerous things especially. Some say that our mind is also our ego. The ego is constantly trying to foresee all sorts of possible problems, and can in that contest indeed cause us more harm than good. Therefore it is essential to tame the mind and important for us to monitor what it is telling us and assess whether the information it is feeding us makes sense in the modern society or not.
One example is when my mind is telling me that something I’m doing is extremely dangerous, generating fear, anxiety and what not. It might say that to a simple things such as when I want to express my opinion about something. Then I have to use my intuition or common sense to assess the information I’m getting from my mind, and I might say something like this to my mind: “Thank you for this information brain, I appreciate it, and I know you want only the best for me. But at this time I’m sure there is no danger at all”. The mind is very ancient you see, and some of the things it wants to warn me about were indeed dangerous a 100 years from now, but aren’t anymore. 100 years from now it could mean death to express an unpopular opinion because it could have risked being thrown out of a tribe if you would have another opinion about something from the rest of the tribe. And without a tribe there would be no access to necessary resources such as food and shelter. This is why we often become overly stressed in situations that indeed are harmless, for example when stepping up on a stage in front of a crowd. Some of us might even feel as if we are going to die right there. This is the fear of doing mistakes, the fear of abandonment and rejection that could once upon a time have cost us our live. This fear made sence ages ago, but not anymore and there we have to remind ourselves and our mind.
My mind and and ego are however my friends, as it would not make sense to me to cut away an aspect of something that is a part of me. Instead I choose to meet my mind with understanding and gentleness, and thank it for it’s messages that it has for me, regardless if they make sense or not. After that I often choose to face this fear that the mind is projecting on me and follow and listen to my heart instead. And it sure often takes a lot of guts to do so.