There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so – William Shakespeare
Did you know that the human brain is about 2% of our total body mass yet it accounts for about 20% of our body’s energy requirements[i]?
That’s right. Pound for pound, our brains are energy hogs that consume much more energy (calories are just another measure of energy) on a relative mass basis than our other organs do.
Of course our brains are the key, super-computer that regulates everything we do and experience, much of which we are not aware of. It makes sense that our cognitive capabilities require more calories than otherwise. Unfortunately this unawareness and the misdirected power of our mind can rob us of energy that we could instead be using to direct towards completing our life’s work.
Recall energy is the ability to do work. When energy is wasted it is no longer available to do work.
In some ways an unattended mind can be like leaving a window open in your home while heating or cooling the home. The result of the open window is that the home’s HVAC system has to work harder to overcome the drain in conditioned air that is flowing out of the home through the open window. If we are not careful and pay attention to our brains and how they are thinking, we are letting precious energy go to waste.
In his book The Power of Now, Eckert Tolle states, “Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy[ii]1.”
To solve a problem with an organization, you gotta start at the top.–unknown
Awareness of a problem or situation is the first step in order to correct it.
Becoming aware of the nature and quality of our thoughts is a great step to taking control of your executive office and at the same time allowing you the opportunity to plug any leaks.
Meditation or other mindfulness practices are a good way to go within and simply observe your thoughts. My prior post 7-Minutes in Heaven provides additional benefits of meditation and a simple 7-minute routine for calming your brain. If you are not already meditating please try it and let me know. If you already have a practice, I would love to hear more about works for you.
Like removing a boiling pan of water from a heat source, when we meditate we allow our brains to calm down and reach a more peaceful state that does not require as much energy to maintain.
Energy and frequency are directly related. That is as the frequency of an object increases so does the energy required to keep the object vibrating at that speed.
When we are worried or anxious our brave waves speed up – the frequency of our brain increases. Conversely when we meditate or rest, our brains operate at much lower frequencies than when we are anxious or worried. This conserves mental energy and allows our minds to reset and return towards a state of equanimity.
Shut out the physical world. Control the mind. Then you will become free. –The Bhagavad Gita
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[i] Drubach, Daniel. The Brain Explained. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2000.
[ii] Tolle, Eckhart (2009-03-25). The Power of Now (pp. 21-22). New World Library. Kindle Edition.