Mind over Matter

The mind, manomaya kosha, refers to what you think of as I or me, your preferences, and what makes you unique in personality and thinking patterns. You are predominantly in the energy of this sheath when you are reading this book and interpreting the information in a way that makes sense to you. You are also primarily in this sheath when you are worried or obsessing over something. And, “mind over matter” proves to be true: what your mind thinks has an effect on your physical body, your annamaya kosha.

In Journey Into Healing, Deepak Chopra, MD, writes, “we are the only creatures on earth who can change our biology by what we think and feel.” It might seem impossible, but our physical form can change by our thoughts and feelings. Even neuropathways in the brain can be altered by focusing your attention on new thought patterns.

When your attention is mainly in the manomaya kosha, you are using your deduction, planning, and learning skills. These are positive ways to use the mind. Because the mind is active, though, sometimes the deducing and planning can actually get in the way of you fulfilling your highest potential and your deepest desires. In our culture, we are used to working hard to get what we want, and it's true that work is part of the equation. However, if you think and plan all the time, trying to control your and other's lives in ways that aren't possible, then this can lead to stress and no room for intuition or wonderfully unplanned solutions. And, mental stress and worry affect the entire body.

In particular the chakra that is related to this kosha is the Ajna, Brow, or Third-Eye Chakra. Overthinking overtakes the potential of this chakra to tap into intuition. Meditation in various forms helps to calm the mind, and allows you to tap into your intuition more often. Balancing the chakra that relates to the manomaya kosha will allow trusting and letting go—the essential effortless aspects of attracting the health and joyful life that is your birthright.

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