The essence of what makes us who we are is our minds. There are many theories, both scientific and philosophical,  about just what constitutes consciousness and how it’s related, if at all, to the three pounds of organic matter encased in our craniums. How the brain, composed of billions of neurons making trillions of connections, creates our subjective or felt experience, what philosophers call qualia, is unclear. Consciousness is undeniably complex, without a universally accepted definition. It means different things to different people, but there is agreement that there is far more to the mind than appears on the surface. Psychologists liken the mind to an iceberg, most of which is invisible. What does the mind’s vast, submerged ballast contain? It is what’s hidden deep that creates life’s problems. What if we could uncover it, bring it to light and draw from it unceasingly? Having an expanded understanding of, and self-control over, our minds allows us to consciously choose the LLP mindset, enabling us to flourish.

Quotes

Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Mind and Consciousness

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor and philosopher
Mind and Consciousness

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Ben Okri
Poet, Novelist, Artist
Mind and Consciousness

"Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”

Eckhart Tolle
Author
Mind and Consciousness

"When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”

Yogananda
Yogi and Guru
Mind and Consciousness

“The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Author
Mind and Consciousness

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two conflicting ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

Joseph Campbell
Scholar of comparative mythology and religion
Mind and Consciousness

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness”.