Although often viewed as one and the same, the mind and the brain are different yet intertwined in a complicated relationship.
Your body gives you cues all the time. It tells you when you’re hungry, when you’re thirsty, and when you’re tired. Most of us are good at recognizing those cues and know when to take action when they’re given to us. If your stomach tightens when you’re nervous or if feel light-headed when you get extremely upset, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection.
One must be able to differentiate between various types of mind-wandering. One can lead to negative rumination, where we simply fall into a pessimistic rut of thinking. The other form of mind-wandering is necessary for our brain to integrate information. While it can be subtle, it is an incredible difference. Unfortunately, our restless mind during this mind-wandering time is very rich and self-relevant, characterised by spontaneous thoughts and emotions, concerned with the past and hopes, fears and fantasies about the future. It often includes interpersonal feelings, unfulfilled goals, unresolved challenges, and intrusive memories. It is in this state of mind when our past conditioning and programming takes over. We are on automatic pilot.