Have you ever been at a red light just waiting for it to turn green and then for one brief moment, you forget where you’re going? Why did your brain forget that you have to get groceries or pick the kids up? Is it something to worry about or be happy about because, in that brief moment, the stress of running around was gone?
The mind is a fickle thing, it can bring you happiness or relief during the hardest of times all by shutting down for a moment. But ask yourself, where does it go or even, where does it take you? And why can it also do the opposite, have you panic in the calmest of situations? Such amazing powers that we as humans cannot seem to control most of the time.
Saying that the mind is so powerful just makes me think of something silly. Have you ever watched an alien movie where there is a big alien that is suddenly defeated and then his head opens to show you the little alien actually running the show? Subliminal or just a silly movie plot, I don’t know, but it sure seems to fit this way of thinking. If our minds are truly separate of our bodies then what other things can it do and why?
Are we able to control what is fed to our brains and if so how do we do it and is it our brain telling us to do this? Are we two selves, the body and the mind? Making them talk to each other I think is a good thing but when the mind decides to either shut the body down or send it into an uncontrollable water bath of tears, I have to wonder it’s motive.
Is our brain trying to communicate with our body by making it do these things? If so, why can’t it just use the same tactics that it does when it tells us to eat the other piece of pizza and then a chocolate shake? It doesn’t seem to have such a hard time with getting us to do things that are not good for the body. So another thought, sibling rivalry? Could that be why we don’t seem to figure things out until we’re older?
The mind and the body are growing just as we are so could they be going from infant to adult in the same way we do on the outside with our siblings or peers? If the brain bullies the body, does it retaliate and how. Is this where headaches really come from or when you get a pain in your body and then it suddenly goes away? I know, there are scientific explanations for all of this but just let your thoughts go a different way, if only for this moment. Let the simplicity of the idea outweigh the science and remember the times when you were a kid and this was how some parents explained things to you. I know my child ran into the coffee table, but why do I tell my child “bad table” just to calm him down? So now does he think the coffee table is alive and has it out for him? We do the same for bruises and cuts and even hurt feelings. How many times have you heard that as a girl, if a boy pulls your hair, it means he likes you?
Thinking back now, even the silliest of things that were told to me brings a smile to my face. Have my mind and body decided to start acting like grown-ups for this moment and allowed me to have that moment of peace? I like to think this and in that moment when I realize that I just drove 5 miles and have no memory of it, I know that my brain was driving while my body relaxed. Scary as that sounds, I’ll take it.