I’ve been listening to On Purpose with Jay Shetty a lot recently and his interview with Mike Posner really resonated with me.
During their conversation they were discussing the interaction between the mind and intelligence, and Jay equated the mind to a child and intelligence to an adult. Using an example of being sleepy in the morning, Jay explained that the mind is the part of you that wants to stay in bed, while the intelligence is the part that knows you have to wake up and take care of your responsibilities. In any situation, it is the one that you’re feeding that wins out. Therefore, if you allow the child to get their own way all of the time, you have to be willing to deal with the consequences of that action.
I found this premise really interesting because it relates to so much of what I’ve read and listened to in the past, and yet it felt like I was hearing it for the first time. For example, if you’re going through a period where you’re talking negatively to yourself a lot, you’re feeding those thoughts and allowing them to take a further hold on you. If you consciously take a step back and use your intelligence to help you counteract those thoughts with evidence to the contrary, you are feeding that instead. I know I’m as guilty as the next person for failing to break that cycle as quickly as I should and move towards the healthy, more intelligent option!
As Jay and Mike’s conversation continued, another example was shared and this time it was being a driver in a car and using this to visualise how you’re part of a much wider system. The car represents the body, the intelligence is the engine and steering wheel – the system you’re using to control it, and you, as the driver, are the consciousness. Each part of it is separate but you need each element to work in unison to start moving.
Sometimes we can get so focused on one thing that it seems to take up all of our time and energy, and this is when other parts of ourselves start to suffer. Have you been focused so much on work lately that you’ve neglected your personal life? Have you been allowing your personal life to interfere with your work? Have you neglected your body with a lack of exercise or poor diet? Have you neglected your mind by not taking the time to do something for yourself and relax?
Which element of your life have you failed to care for recently and what are you going to do to rectify this?