When was the last time you took a close look at your mind?
It can be quite a tricky thing to ‘see’ – elusive, maybe even evasive sometimes – for we’re used to seeing with it, rather than looking at it. But there are ways you can catch it in action and get to know it better.
And, if the latest neuroscience is right, it’s well worth doing.
For not only is the mind “what the brain does” (Hanson 2009), the mind actually shapes what the brain becomes, on a physical, synaptic level. So ultimately it shapes who you become. It’s all pretty interconnected…
So how can you get to know this intricate system of you a little better? And how might you help nurture it towards a richer sense of mental health and aliveness?
Dr Daniel Siegel talks about a thing called “mindsight” (2010). Basically, it’s a way “to see and shape [our] inner world with clarity, depth and power” (ibid, p.xxi). Mindsight lets us “…move our lives toward well-being and health” (ibid).
And it does all of this in three simple steps: Openness, Objectivity and Observation.
Let’s take a closer look…