How to Develop Mental Endurance and Strength
We all face various challenges each day, at home, at work, at the store and on the street. Many of them are just minor challenges, with which we deal automatically and easily, but some of them require strategy, thinking and mental endurance.
You need mental endurance if you work in an uncongenial environment, or if you have a demanding boss. You also need mental endurance when dealing with your teenagers, taking care of elderly parents, or when you do business with difficult people.
We meet challenges every day, and therefore, we must learn to build mental endurance on a daily basis. Mental endurance does not mean passivity or suffering; it means mental strength. It is the ability to exercise inner strength, and the ability to deal effectively with all challenges. This requires a certain degree of willpower and self-discipline, and the ability to persevere with what we are doing.
We must learn to keep our mind focused upon what we are doing, and not let it get distracted. We should also not give in to unreasonable or unjust demands from people. We must learn to stay on the road that leads to our goals, no matter how tough the going is.
When we build mental endurance, we teach ourselves never to quit what we are doing. Our mental endurance keeps us going, even when our body is tired or when we are bored, and despite the difficulties and challenges we face.
Tips on How to Develop Mental Endurance and Strength
You can improve your mental endurance in much the same way that an athlete improves his physical endurance, through practice and exercises. Mental exercises challenge the brain, strengthen it, and build endurance. They also strengthen the concentration and the memory.
You can exercise your brain and mind in various ways and develop mental endurance. One way is through solving puzzles and crosswords, since they require that you use your head and remember facts, vocabulary and details.
Certain video games can also challenge your mind and brain, as well as games that require you to use your memory or plan ahead, such as Sudoku or chess.
Physical exercises are important not only for the body, but also for the brain, since they send more oxygen and blood to the brain.
Focusing on what you are doing, improves your concentration, self discipline and your mental endurance. Rather than dividing your attention between work and daydreaming, reading a book and watching TV, doing your homework and listening to music, focus on one thing. Don't try to do so all day long, because you will fail and get disappointed. Rather, focus on one thing for a few minutes at a time, and gradually extend the time.
Challenge yourself to do things you never did before, but use caution and common sense. Do things that you usually do, but in a different way. Learn new things, develop new skills, or start a new hobby. All these activities make your mind work, and therefore, improve its strength and endurance, develop willpower and self discipline, and give you the inner strength and mental endurance necessary for dealing with the challenges of daily life.
By developing mental endurance and strength, in the way outlined above, you gain mental strength, which you can use whenever you need, and for whatever purpose.
The Psychic Powers
Everyone, including you, experience some sort of psychic power, every now and then. However, these experiences are often dismissed as pure coincidence. You most probably had some premonitions about something that was going to happen, or you felt what someone was thinking of you. These experiences often came spontaneously, suddenly, and without any prior preparations.
Some people are more naturally psychic from others, and therefore, psychic experiences are a more common occurrence with them. Some of them acknowledge this fact, and do nothing about it. They accept the fact that they are a bit different from others in their perceptions, having a sort of a sixth sense.
Others, are more earnest about their abilities, and read, study, and seek guidance to develop and control these powers.
Psychic powers can be developed through special training, even by people who are not naturally psychic. These are fascinating powers, which allow a trained person to peek beyond the material plane, and know things that remain hidden to other people.
There are several risks in developing and using psychic powers, which one has to take into account:
- The knowledge gained can be used for selfish purposes.
- The psychic could be wrong in his or her in interpretation of the situation, and might unintentionally mislead, misguide, or cause harm to other people.
- Some of the psychic powers require that their user be in a passive mental conditions, so as to be able to tune in to other people's minds. This allows the absorbing of external emotions, moods and influences, which might have a negative effect.
- One, who is not well-balanced, and lacks self control and discipline, might find it difficult to stop the psychic impressions and lead a normal, balanced life.
- Pursuing psychic training might deter one from the path of self improvement and spiritual growth, leading him or her to a constant seeking of these perceptions.
Different Psychic Powers
There are several kinds of psychic powers or gifts, as they are often called. Another term used is ESP - extra-sensory perception.
A list of the psychic powers:
Clairvoyance (clear vision) - Seeing far away scenes and places or hidden things, without using the physical eyes. Clairvoyance enables one to perceive scenes and mental images with the mind's eye.
Clairaudience (clear hearing) - Perceiving sounds or words from a distant or from other realms. Clairaudience enables one to hear words and sounds not perceived by the physical ears.
Clairempathy (clear emotion) - Sensing the attitude or emotions of another person.
Psychometry - Perceiving information about a person, place or an object, by holding in one's hands an object belonging to the person or place. In Psychometric, one usually holds some small personal object such as a watch, ring, key or other personal object.
Psychokinesis - The ability to move objects with the powers of the mind.
Intuition - Perceiving an idea, knowledge or information directly. This is what is commonly called "a gut feeling". Intuition is some kind of inner knowledge and certainty about something.
Telepathy - Reading other people thoughts and sending them your thoughts.
Mental influence - An advanced kind of telepathy that allows one to influence the minds of other people.
Psychic healing - The ability to cure pains or illnesses by transferring some kind of healing energy.
Auric sight - The ability to see or sense the colors of the aura, and thereby, understand certain things about the moods, emotions, thoughts or health of other people.
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What Is The Experience of Deja Vu
What is deja vu?
- Have you been in a new place, but felt, as if you had been there before?
- Did you meet someone for the first time, but had the feeling that you have met him before?
- Have you been in a totally new situation, yet, felt it was familiar, and that you have experienced it in the past?
The term "deja vu", originates from the French, meaning "already seen", and describes the experience of feeling that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously.
The experience of deja vu is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity. There is a strong sense that one has experienced, or have been in the same situation or place in the past.
It is said that the experience of deja vu seems to be very common, and that 70% of people report having experienced it at least once in their lives.
The term deja vu was first used by Emile Boirac (1851-1917), who was a French psychic researcher.
The Meaning and Reasons for Deja Vu:1. You might have seen pictures of the new place in the past.
2. You might have read about a certain place or situation, even years ago. When you are in that place or in a similar situation, you feel as if you have already been there, or experienced the same situation before.
3. You might have seen a movie about a similar experience, and though you might have forgotten seeing that movie, the subconscious mind still remembers it, giving you the eerie sensation of being familiar with it.
4. You might have seen the place or situation or something similar in your dreams, and now it looks familiar.
5. Deja vu could also be triggered through the five senses. It could be a smell, the taste of food, the decor, combination of colors, pitch of voice, background noises or anything else that triggers old memories. You might not consciously remember the original situation that brought that memory, but you remember having experienced it, and you associate it with the present experience.
6. The sight, clothing or manner of speaking of the person or persons who are with, might remind you of someone you have once met in the past.
7. Some say that this feeling of familiarity may be caused by a brain state, by neurochemical factors during perception that have nothing to do with memory.
8. People who believe in reincarnation say that the reason for deja vu is that one has experienced the same situation in a past life.
There could be more reasons and explanations for experiencing deja vu. The mind is a powerful engine that creates all kinds of experiences, which few people investigate and try to understand.
What Is Intuition?
Do You Sometimes Ask What Is Intuition?It is what is often called a "gut feeling". It is a process of getting knowledge and understanding through other means than thinking, learning, or the five senses.
It is rather a subconscious process of receiving information, finding solutions to problems, or knowing how to proceed in certain situations.
It is psychic knowledge and understanding.
A Few Definitions of Intuition:
- Knowledge gained not through the reasoning process or the five senses.
- Subconscious, quick thought processes that produce knowledge or solutions.
- An ability to draw conclusions and understanding from previously acquired experiences and information.
- It is instinctive knowledge or belief.
- It is a gut feeling.
- Intuition is often called the sixth sense or a hunch.
Where does intuition come from?
- It is knowledge stored in your subconscious mind.
- It appears through subconscious interpretation of body language.
- It is the product of very quick thinking and conclusion making.
- It is manifests due to quick understanding of a problem or situation, too quick for the reasoning mind.>
- Accessing knowledge not available to the five senses.
- Accessing the collective subconscious, or some higher realms.
- Gut feeling.
- My heart is telling me...
- I don't know why, but I am sure...
- It is a sort of sensation that you feel inside you.
- It is some sort of understanding without words.>
- You feel inner certainty.
- You become aware of mental images that pop up into your mind.
- You become aware of words that repeat themselves in your mind.
- Sudden understanding of what you need to do.
- Being aware of a solution.
- You feel an inner urge to act in a certain way.
You Can Develop Your IntuitionYes, you can develop your intuition, by being more aware of this little voice within you, by calming down the endless chatter of your mind, by improving your concentration ability, and also by practicing meditation.
Please remember, not all inner sensations, gut feelings or sudden understandings are intuition. Think before you act, and use your common sense, but also, don't be afraid to follow your intuition.
Insights about the Brain, Mind, and Beyond Them
The brain performs complex and intricate operations, far beyond the capabilities of the most advanced computer. Without it, your body cannot function. However, it requires a certain form of energy to make it work, just like a computer, or any other kind of device or machinery. It is useless without this energy, the life force that operates it, and makes it carry out its work.
Every day, you use various devices that require electricity to function. Without electricity, they are useless.
Your iPad, smartphone, computer, TV, radio, oven and refrigerator, are just useless pieces of metal or plastic without electricity. Just as each one of them requires electricity to operate, so the great computer, the brain, requires some sort of energy to make it work. It also requires some sort of pathways to transfer its commands to the body, and this is the role of the nervous system in the body.
Every device is constructed to do a certain job. The moment you switch on its button, electricity starts moving through it, making it work.
There are countless electrical devices and instruments in the world, each device or instrument constructed for a different purpose. There are also countless, different kinds of human beings. The brain of every person is different in size, capability and programming, and this creates differences in people beliefs, opinions, interests and behavior.
The MindThe mind operates through the brain and influences its actions. The mind is a sort of energy that manifests through the brain. It requires the physical brain to manifest and to express itself.
The brain is like the hardware in a computer, while the mind is the software. As the mind is programmed to work, so does the brain act, and makes the body act.
Differences Between PeoplePeople are different, and yet they are similar, in the sense that all brains and all bodies are made from the same stuff, even though they look different and behave differently. A jeweler can prepare various pieces of jewelry from the same lump of gold. He can make bracelets, rings or earrings. Each jewel looks different, yet it is made of the same material. It is only the outer shape that is different. So it is with people.
It is the difference of the shape and color of the body, together with the programming of the mind that makes the difference between people. Physically, it is the same stuff, but arranged differently. Mentally, it is the same energy, the same "mind stuff", but programmed differently.
Mental ProgrammingPast events, education and experience program the mind, making it see and relate to life, people, and events, from a certain perspective.
People with the same physical characteristics and similarly programmed minds are often attracted to one another, forming groups. They see themselves as different from other groups, and this sometimes. This is why there many traditions, religions, nations, groups and political parties.
You can change the way your mind is programmed. You can make your mind learn to think differently. You can learn to master it, instead of letting it master you.
The main tools for this change are concentration ability, using affirmations, visualization, and a state of inner peace.
Beyond the MindYou can go even further, and make your mind obedient to you and under your control. You can also, with some effort, rise above the mental programming. Concentration and meditation can lead you to this state, and they can bring you to experience something beyond your brain and beyond your mind.
The mind is a wonderful tools, but there is "something" above the mind and above the brain. This is the power that makes them work and function. It has been labeled with many names, Spirit, God, Life Force, Universal Consciousness, Higher Self, etc.
The brain and the mind are essential for living and functioning as a human being, but there is something "higher" than them. Most people never think of this idea, and never care about it. There are others, who are aware of this power, and wish to be more conscious of it. Since you are reading this article, you most probably want to experience this "higher power".
The moment you go beyond the programming of your mind, you become aware of a larger consciousness, a greater and vaster awareness.
To experience this consciousness, you need a broader viewpoint, beyond the mind.
The mind puts layers of thoughts, beliefs and mental programming that hide this vaster awareness.
In order to see beyond these layers you need to remove them. You need to be able to take off the colored glasses of the mind, and look at yourself and the world without any bias. This can happen when are able to calm the restlessness and constant chatter of your mind.
You can live within a limited consciousness, programmed by prior programming. You can see life in a limited way, alienating yourself from your deep essence. This is the way the majority of people live, but even then, there is always something within everyone, though hidden, which aspires higher. This is one of the reasons that religions came into being, to cater for this sublime, but often unclear aspiration.
You can also rise above all these, when you start learning to control your mind and awaken your deeper essence, through the practice of concentration exercises and meditation, and by becoming more aware of the thoughts that run through your mind.
Understanding how the brain and the mind work are fascinating subjects, and there have always been people exploring them. There also have been people throughout the ages, exploring the power that is beyond the brain and the mind. This is not the privilege of just a few, rare individuals, but the privilege of everyone, wherever they are.