Your brain needs you to let go of suffering

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Buddha’s Brain

Is your brain doing all the work it can do? Or is it wandering off to do mundane tasks. Maybe doing mundane tasks is the best thing for your brain. Maybe the brain needs a little downtime.

I am reading this book Buddha’s Brain which my friend Darlene suggested me. I want to know how to maximize my brain so it is working at its full potential.

Here is what I have learned so far: Your brain is like the America of your body. America has 5 % of the world’s population and uses 25% of the world’s energy and has 25% of the world’s prison population. The brain is 2% of the world’s weight and uses 20-25% of the oxygen and glucose. I would like to think that my brain is functioning at its full potential, but that is probably not the case. Most brains don’t.

Compassion for yourself reduces your suffering. This is different than feeling sorry for yourself. This is more about giving yourself a break.

The biggest thing I like in this book is the general idea that suffering is universal. People suffer; that’s a fact. The planet suffers. If we are always experiencing suffering we are not making the world any better. Let go of suffering. Don’t torture yourself with negative thoughts.

The other idea I like is one that all writers should pay attention to. We think better when we stay focused. If you’re always jumping from writing to email to internet to coffee to phone to Facebook, your creative work is chopped up and you never have a coherent thought.

Big thoughts and big dreams require some pasture to roam around in. The book is big on the idea that medication would be a good thing for all of us. I like the general idea of meditation. First of all there would be me, sitting still and thinking. Then me getting bored. That would be the bad part, the suffering part, but I’d get through it and on the other side of the suffering I’d have a calm mind.

In Western culture, we aren’t very good at compassion. We’re hierarchal. I’m better than you. That’s the game. Why not, just see all of us with compassion? Because we feel small and reminding ourselves that we’re not as bad off as some other people makes us feel a little better.

This book suggests that we have compassion for ourselves and for others and that we not pick up extra reasons for suffering. There are lots of reasons to be bitter. Let them go.

Breathing in Nebraska. Letting go of all human suffering.

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Published in: on July 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Attention is a root of meditation.

  2. […] Your brain needs you to let go of suffering | Kate Gale: A Mind Never … Buddha's Brain. Is your brain doing all the work it can do? Or is it wandering off to do mundane tasks. Maybe doing mundane tasks is the best thing for your brain. Maybe the brain needs a little downtime. I am reading this book  […]


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