What can our car teach us about our mind?
No, it’s not that if we drive a Volvo we are reasonable and smart, and we have a golden retriever with a human name. Or when sitting into our leather seated BMW that our mind is filled with ego and thoughts that mostly circulate around the pelvic area of the people fitting into our sexual preference. Well, at least more than this can be found.
Our car may have a utilitarian value, as well as a psychoemotional value that is given to it by us. Same with our mind and it’s content. When considering a device such as a car or the mind from a purely utilitarian perspective, we need to be able to comprehend two important things to understand it properly.
First, what it can and cannot do.
Second, how to use it properly.
For example, it is fairly important to realize what our car can or cannot do. Does it fly? if not, then let’s not drive over that cliff!!
Can it float or swim? Well, perhaps it can sink into the bottom while slowly filling itself with water but that is just a subtle clue of life telling us not to drive it into that deep muddy lake! Unless of course we wish to permanently park it in its bottom.
Generally, our car moves differently in different kinds of terrain. In some of the terrains and on some of the elements, such as air, it just cannot move at all by itself but is being moved. It is fairly likely that our car moves within a certain spectrum of speed and within a certain limiting radius. It also accelerates and breaks in a particular way that is specific not only to its type and model but also dependent on its condition.
What does that button do? Is it a seat heater or a seat ejector? How about this? fog lights or a flame thrower? and which of these levers and switches opens the trunk?
All of these are valuable aspects to know about our car if we aim to utilize it with intelligence and close to its optimal capacity.
Even if we are not called Mr. Bond who drives a fancy custom made DB9.
It is also better to understand how our car handles in those surprising situations, such as when we encounter a frozen portion of the road, and also learn how to drive it properly in the ordinary dry conditions. Otherwise, we will not put only ourselves in danger but may also peril others.
In the same way, it is important to understand our mind. How it works, what it can do, and what it cannot. How to use it intelligently, and to keep it in a good condition so it can serve us.
If we take a look at the world where scientific inventions produced and projected through our minds have moved forward with a tremendous speed and advancement within a single human lifespan, it quite often seems that besides inventing them, we have no understanding of how to use them without hurting ourselves and others. Therefore it can be reasonable to ask, how many of us are really driving our minds instead of it driving us?
Anyone who has ever had an argument with another can also confirm that our minds can utilize its content to hurt not only another but also ourselves and our shared relationship through insulting words or a nasty comment that boomerangs as a reaction triggered by something the other person just said to us. Like an invitation to a destructive dance arriving to test our awareness and skill in that particular moment of life.
We gain essential understanding about our car by sitting inside of it and using it in practice. Yet to really comprehend its scope, its limitations and gain a holistic understanding of it, we need to step out of it, take some distance, and to really see it for what it is.
In the same way, to comprehend our mind, we may need to be able to somehow step out of its box, the protective but self-enclosing cage that it is and to perceive it fully.
With a physical object such as our car, we can exit by just opening the door with our will and decision whenever we wish. With our mind, we may need a different approach as forcing our will and resistance can often only entangle us into its shackles even further.
willingness to surrender,
releasing and finally letting it go..
even for a brief moment.