We all have three states of mind: reasonable mind, emotion mind, and wise mind. Reasonable mind is the cool, rational state of mind where you are ruled by facts and logic. On the other hand, emotion mind is hot and ruled by emotions and feelings. Both of them have value, but it’s easy to become polarized into one state of mind, feeling either controlled by our emotions or being completely cut off from our emotions.
In today’s society, there always are so many things fighting for our attention. We live at a frenzied pace, running from one event to the next or trying to do five different things at once. We are taught to be multitaskers because of all the things that demand our time and attention, from advertisements to Instagram posts to tasks on our to-do lists. We never seem to have enough time, so we talk on the phone while replying to emails, we reply to a text while walking on the treadmill, and we scroll through Instagram while stirring something on the pan.
“How was your day?” “What did you learn at school today?” “How was work?” “What did you do today?”
These are the kinds of questions that people typically ask each other, whether between friends or family members. Asking these questions can be beneficial at times, but because they revolve around work or school, they make it hard to dive into someone’s emotions and mental state. Rather than sticking to these questions, we can try asking more specific questions that encourage people to talk more openly about mental health and emotions.
What do you think of when you hear the word “mindfulness”? You might imagine someone sitting cross-legged and chanting “Om” to themselves. Or maybe you think of taking deep breaths and clearing your mind while soft piano music plays in the background. For most people, meditation is the first thing that comes to mind when they think about mindfulness, and while meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness, it’s not the only way!
You may be getting a lot of information and not sure what to trust. You may also be worried about unknown side-effects in the short term or the long term. How can I, as a psychologist, help?
“Using machine learning, researchers have identified novel, distinct patterns of coordinated activity between different parts of the brain in people with major depressive disorder—even when different protocols are used to detect these brain networks. Ayumu Yamashita of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institutes International in Kyoto, Japan, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Biology.”