Emotions Are The Key to Memory

Emotions are catalyzers for the brain. Emotions let the brain know you are into something important. When something is important for the brain, the brain makes an effort to remember it. There are more neuron connections involved in the brain with emotions than with simple ideas.

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Let’s see an example about it. You wake up in the morning, take a shower and head to work early in the morning. As you are early this morning, you decide to go to the new coffee shop on your way to work and buy yourself a cup of coffee, as you are leaving, there is this woman talking on the phone entering in the coffee shop. As she is talking she manages to push, instead of pulling it. The door by the way has a huge “pull” sign on it. You were leaving and because she pushed the door so fast, you didn’t have a chance to react and the coffee splits all over your white shirt.

She was in such a hurry that she didn’t even notice the incident, she enters the shop and heads straight ahead into the counter. You look at her with a silent claim in your eyes, but she doesn’t even notice you.

You grab a bunch of napkins and leave the coffee shop. By now it is not early anymore, so you cannot go back to your house and put on another shirt, so you head out to work thinking about all the explanations you will have to tell your co-workers all day long, but specially what you are going to say to the client you will meet this afternoon.

I am sure that if by the end of the day I would ask you what dress was the woman that pushes your coffee in the morning, or a description of herself. You wouldn’t need much to give me the detailed description of her, and of course of all the incident in the morning. Perhaps you also would easily remember what you told your client, and what he said back.

But If I ask you how much did you pay for the coffee, or where did you leave your car keys when you arrived to your house, or how many emails you answered in the morning, chances are you would have trouble remembering most of those. Not because they were not important, some may, some may not, but the key is that those things did not have an emotion and the coffee incident had. It was also a powerful experience, not because of the consequences, but because it involved an emotion.

Most of the things we can’t seem to remember are because there wasn’t an emotion involved. You can’t remember where you put your keys or your cell phone, because you just did it. You have to call your own number to hear where you left it. In first instance that happens because you were not paying attention, probably because you were putting your attention on your thoughts, and not on the action itself. This happens to everyone all the time, but what about when she made you spill your coffee, an emotion arises and then you are not only paying attention, but you are also telling your brain to remember that, because it is important. If you would have left the shop a few seconds before, you wold probably may not even notice the person entering the shop, as it happens so many times during your every day activities.

That is also the reason because when we get angry or we are worrying for something important, we keep thinking about it, because it is an emotion the one telling the brain to remember it. Problem here is that with every time you remember it in your brain, you experience the same emotion again, with the same chemical experience inside your body, but also every time your brain is making stronger connections in your brain.

When you really want to remember something important, you can try to remember it, while you bring a powerful emotion, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with what you are remembering. Emotions are the key to Memory.

God Bless You.

Do you really love your spouse?

Do you really love your spouse?

That is the title of a video I just got from You Tube, and I decided I would write a new post about it.
Then I realized that the video speaks from itself, and that it will speak to each one personally, and each one will get something out of that video, so I decided I wouldn’t interfiere with its message, and I would let it speak directly to you.

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I only have one question for you to thing about it, after you have finished it:

What did the video tell you?

God Bless You

Gratitude

Here is this beautiful video about gratitude, about presence, about living in the now, in the only day we have: TODAY.

In the first place I thought about explaining the meaning of the content of the movie, then I realized I didn’t need to explain it, you just need to see it by yourself to experience it.

I hope you have a great day.

God Bless You

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We are all connected

We have been hearing for sometime about the concept that we are all one. Recently I learned about the Aspen trees, which I believe is one of the best examples we have, in order to understand this concept.

The aspens typically grow in large clonal colonies derived from a single seedling, and spreading by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 metres from the parent tree. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground.
Aspen Forest
In other words, there aren’t a bunch of trees; there is only one tree, but we perceive them as several trees, but they are connected to each other, one of them wouldn’t be able to survive by itself, because it is not a separate tree from the others, they all are one single being.

It is the same with us, we perceive each other as a separate being, we perceive ourselves as separated from everyone, though we are not, we are one single being, we are all connected by the same living energy, we all share the same root: God.

Infinite Patience Produces Immediate results

A quote from A Course in Miracles
Here A Course in Miracles is talking about attachments; because when you are not attached to the result, then you are more aware of the doing instead of the achieving. This means you are practicing infinite or endless patience, this patience is the patience of God. So when you have it, it means you are connected with God.

Dr. Bob Rotella a famous mind coach for several pro golfers tells us in his book “Golf is not a game of perfect”

“In golf as in life, you have to look at your target with soft eyes, confident about the result, but without any attachment, this takes away the pressure of executing a perfect shot and raises the chances of making an great shot”

Dr. Rotella is talking about the same concept as A Course in Miracles, to focus on the result, but to let it go, in other words “Let go and let God”. When you are not attached to the result, you are showing you have the confidence that you are going there, but if it does not happen, then you know that there are other perfect plans for you, and that an infinite intelligence knows better, what is best for you.

When you practice infinite patience, then you are practicing infinite Faith, not only faith in the results, but faith in God, the faith that tells you that everything is part of a perfect plan. When you practice infinite patience, you know deep inside of you that:

“Everything happens for my own sake”

This is the ultimate faith, this is the infinite faith A Course in Miracles talks about, a faith that creates immediate results, because when we are not attached to the results but focused on the target, and know inside of us that God has a perfect plan for me, then the results will show up, this way we will be able to achieve our goals better than before. Being anxious about the result, produces stress, and that takes us away from the goal and takes our attention on the thoughts we are having about it, the thoughts that most of the times are thoughts of failure instead of success. These failure thoughts we have when we are attached to our goal,create failure, because you start to focus on those thoughts instead of just be focused on the goal itself, and where your attention is focusing then the results will go on that direction.

So next time you feel anxious about a result of something you want, let go and let God.

How? Focus on the goal, and be Patience

The Memory of God Comes to the Quiet Mind

“The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. It cannot come where there is conflict. For a mind at war against itself remembers not Eternal Gentleness…What you remember Is a part of You. For You must be as God created You. Let all this madness be undone for you, and turn in Peace to the remembrance of God, still shining in your quiet mind.”

~ A Course in Miracles ~

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Everything in this A Course of Miracles' lesson is so true, if you put it in practice, it will change your whole life for sure. It is so great and so simple it seams easy, but it is not. A quiet mind is a great goal to achieve, but even to the enlightened ones it wasn't easy at some point.

I don't mean it is not attachable, it is attachable to everyone even for short periods of time, when your thoughts are not present in our minds.

For me the key to start this process is here:

"Let all this madness be undone for you and turn into Peace"

If we have the consciousness to understand this and "know" that there is a madness inside of our minds and that the constant current of thoughts we have all day is creating it, then we would be able to stop it and choose Peace instead

We have around 45,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, and most of them are the same ones we had the day before, and so on. So how do we stop that endless current of thoughts?

First step is be the observer. If we recognize we are not our thoughts, then we can "see" our thoughts as if we will be watching a movie, then we can recognize those thoughts that repeat constantly. The moment we recognize them, they loose strength, and start to dissolve, creating space between thoughts.

Every time we are able to create that space we are creating an opportunity to have the Memory of God.I love this part where it says " The memory of God", which means we originally came from God before we were born, but we start to loose that memory as we grow up and fill our minds with thoughts, rules and concepts.But if we claim our memory back then we will be able go live in Peace.

God Bless You