How our brain works

The human brain is  the most complex organ, boosting between 50-100 billion nerve cells or neurons that constantly interact with each other. The brain works like a big computer. It processes information that it receives from the senses and body, and sends messages back to the body. But the brain can do much more than a machine can: humans think and experience emotions with their brain, and it is the root of human intelligence.

The truth is that we are all able to change the way our brain works through our behavioral habits. When you have time please check this interesting YouTube video. If you decide to watch it you might spend 15 minutes of your time, but you will learn a lesson for a lifetime. It will help you to understand better how the human brain works and how we can impact our brain through our behaviors.

Great and famous spiritual teachers who sell their ideas through the internet will say: Think positive and your life is going to change immediately. But this is not true. The changing process requires a lot of time, effort and patience. You can say to a young pianist to imagine himself as a virtuoso today and he will become perfect over the night. This not possible. Every change demands long-lasting and patient work. It also requires changes of habits, thoughts and attitudes.

As Dr. Lara Boyd said in her speech, our brain is magnificent. Everything you do and you experience is constantly changing your brain and that can be for better but it can also be for worse. Anyhow each one of us is able to build the brain we want to have.

As a person who likes to read a lot I always like to mention and share with you some wise thoughts of other wise people through my articles. I believe that we can all learn a lot from them and they are not outdated even most of them were said many centuries or decades ago.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

Photo by me Meganisi island Greece

When I was a teenager I felt jealousy for some people because I believed back then that they were luckier and smarter than me, very often I was jealous of others because they had things I did not have. At the same time some other people were jealous of me for exact same reasons. When I grew up I realized that is not about what we have or what we don’t have, but it is all about how we put our talents and qualities in the good and smart use. At the university where I studied one of the professors shared a very interesting story with us.

The story said: A young photographer was invited to attend the dinner party. During the after dinner drinks he showed some of his work to the host of the dinner. She said to him: ,, Your work is amazing, you probably have some really good and expensive camera to be able to deliver such a good and quality work.” A young photographer felt very offended and disappointed by her comment.  So on his way out he thanked the host for the wonderful evening and excellent dinner and he said to her: ,, The dinner was very tasty, you probably have some very good pans, pots and lids to be able to cook such a tasty food.” The message was clear, it is not all about the tools and material things we got, but it is about our hard work and talent that we are putting in everything we do. Everyone can have any kind of tools but, the tools mean nothing without our personal touch and effort.

We can put the same story in use regarding our brain. Every human being has a brain, but everyone is not using it in the same way. Winston Churchill said: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.

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