This is one of the most relevant books I have read about self-improvements to maximize health, happiness and well-being. Deepak Chopra is a medical doctor and Rudolph Tanzi is a professor of neurology at Harvard University. They explain why you should improve your mind and how to do it for better well-being.
I wish this book had been available in my youth. The authors push new frontiers and back their brilliant ideas with science, sound reasoning and examples. It is available in the library. The writers say we must dispel myths to get to reality.
One of them is the belief that aging is inevitable, irreversible and that lost brain cells cannot be replaced.
The fact is we can learn on an upward spiral. When we forget where we put our keys, it is not forgetfulness, but we were not aware of the time we placed them; thus we have nothing to remember.
Consciousness is the key. This applies whether we are parking a car or going to another room to get something and forget what we went for.
Another myth is that primitive fears in our past must always affect us negatively, old age, failure, rejection and sickness. We often suffer terribly in our inner world and this gets transferred into physical problems.
We need to use our brain instead of it using us. More than 1/4 of Americans are obese because of choices. Decisions are conscious; habits are not. The leap from emotional to intellectual in the human race increased the quality of life a thousand fold. This allowed people to think clearly rather than being confused. We can live with the minority of people and not submit to fear and despair if we increase our consciousness.
In areas of lifetime experiences, old people outperform the young. The brain and mind in old age blend instinctively. This drives emotions with maturity and wisdom.
In experiments, our bodies were able to predict the future, say the writers. This is not paranormal. There are no limits to intuition; everything depends on what the mind wants to do.
We can create chemical reactions in our brain through conscious choice that produces pleasure in every one of our billions of body cells.
Present day human beings that are clued into using awareness do not accept mere human survival as early life did but are concerned about others. They provide charity for the poor, hospitals for the sick and care for the disabled. I think the trend now is more toward polarization in politics and less consideration for others than were other generations.
Salk says our overriding purpose in life should be to unfold our full potential. In my opinion, we should do this to help others.
People find themselves in their own reality instead of what is actual. Gaining power is your birthright but you must ask for it, be aware of the potential hidden in your awareness and latch onto it.
You must not look for temporary happiness. Happiness concludes fulfilling your life’s purpose. The link between psyche, mind and body has finally been found.
Every cell in our body has a receptor to our feelings and thoughts. The heart reacts to mental stress with clogged arteries. We provide the brain with good nutrients when we seek awareness.
It is difficult to make the right choices to prevent aging when our brains are hard-wired to wrong choices but evolution extends life longer and longer, indicating that over the long run, the I’s in us will take control and triumph over wrong choices. We are the growing tip of the universe and are in control of everything. At this point in time it seems to me we are reversing the process. How long will it take to bring back a balance?
Whenever you check in on yourself, you are being mindful. You look at moods, emotions and physical sensations. People who are not aware are self-absorbed, self-centered and lack sensitivity. Mindfulness allows the brain to reset itself. You must gently favor the behavior of a mindful person. It cannot be forced.
Every one of the five senses can be twisted. So how do we know what is real? Society guides the building of self. To get to reality, we must get closer to the creative source or consciousness and change it. In our materialistic age, this message makes our jaws drop more than in Eastern tradition.
Studies, according to the authors, have shown that the chemical-electric action in our brains can be received by people at a distance who are isolated. Your well-being depends on how much time you spend each day emphasizing positives instead of negatives. The negatives include denial, guilt and shame.
The book works hard to restore the belief in choice and free will. To improve we must pay attention to subtle cues, interpret every experience and learn to rely on feelings. Of all messages sent by the brain, the subtlest are hints of the spiritual. Beyond organized religion, which many are leaving, people will need consciousness to have a source.
If there was no spiritualism, it would have to be invented because we cannot explain everything in physical terms.
The realities of the reptilian brain is still in your brain but has evolved through evolution into a higher reality. Each is matched by a new physical structure. Our brains are the harness; you are the riders.
Most of the time you are in control but at times the mind may bolt. This can result in drug addiction and other disorders. Conscious control is yours and always has been. If we could only see our untapped potential we would realize we already have a super brain.
Les Frazier is an emeritus professor of organization and leadership at K-State.