Probably you’re familiar with the number of thoughts we entertain each day: the average person’s brain processes between 40,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day with 98 percent of today’s thoughts being yesterday’s mind chatter. Every day, day after day, week after week, we have a plethora of rushing thought – many times it becomes an escape from boredom or just “something to do”.
We come across many things that perk up our brains, and we can recite to our friends more about the latest youth-enhancing supplements and which series to binge watch or what new exposure we have about a political figure that ignites our ire. We are all becoming very informed.
Think of how much more variety our minds perceive with all we can read and see in comparison to our grandparents? If you need an answer to a question, you can just Google it. Instant knowing puts our brain “ON” more that ever. This dynamic of engaging in knowing more and more can be a bit of an addiction. Our ego can feel a little puffed up that we have become a bit authoritative. We risk becoming ‘human knowings’ versus ‘human beings’.
But as much we admire intelligent people, we deeply appreciate kind people. The person that allows us in heavy traffic to pass in front of them makes our whole being happy; the person that gives a smile on a cold rainy day reminds us that we can live from our source, our heart. Mind chatter — if you need it for your job, indulge. But you don’t need it to be a human being.