Points to Ponder: December 12, 2017
Understanding the Psychology of Change
There are many people in the world who will tell you that your personality never changes. But just reflect for a moment and see if your personality has not changed in the last 10 or 20 years. It certainly has. The only thing is our personality has been changing without our awareness. If we, by any chance, can crack the formula for personality change, then we can bring about desired changes in our personality with conscious effort as well.
Any action that we perform for numerous times becomes our personality trait. For example, you have an irritable neighbor who picks a fights with you everyday and you react to his behaviour everyday. Now, even if the neighbour relocates after a year, your habit of reaction stays with you even after the neighbour is gone. The biggest challenge of our times is to change our personality because it is our personality that colors our perception of a particular person or situation. Our personality is like our glasses through which we see the world. If we wear green glasses, everything looks green. Now let us understand the simplest way to change our personality. Any action repeated many times gets etched on my memory track and hence becomes a part of my personality.
Today let us understand a very big secret of our brain. Our brain cannot distinguish between fact and imagination. It cannot identify which actions you are actually performing and which you are just visualising. The brain activity in both the cases is the same. For example, If you think about food, see it or taste it, in all the three cases, your mouth salivates. This is the property of the brain that we can use in meditation. We will reflect more on this tomorrow.
In Spiritual Service,