The mind is a vague concept that can be hard to comprehend. Even scientists disagree on the nature of the mind and matter. But you don’t need to understand everything. You need to know enough to further yourself and understand how you operate to get to where you need to be.
#1 – Read and Research
Reading and researching is the best way to understand the mind and your inner psychology. Many excellent books have been written on the art of psychology and persuasion. But it is also good to read a wide variety of literature, and you might consider reading some Buddhist or Zen material which describes the more esoteric nature of the mind. Additionally, some fascinating discoveries have been made by scientific research about how the mind operates. By reading about the experience of others, you can contrast them with your thoughts and ideas. There are cultures with distinctly unique philosophies and ideas opposite those in the West. Contrast is an excellent way to increase understanding and open-mindedness.
#2 – Meditation
Meditation is the art of observing your thoughts. It is the quickest and most widely recognised way to understand your mind. Even if you are brilliant and successful, an ability to stand outside yourself is necessary to progress. Otherwise, the same habits and tendencies will keep repeating themselves. Outside of meditation, it is a good idea to become very strict about what you pay attention to. Do not consume words and images that are not pleasant to your mind. You will have to deal with them in meditation later.
#3 – Learn From Your Emotions
Much has been said about the power of the mind in generating our reality. The missing link in what could be arguably described as a left-brained society is the focus on feelings. In a sophisticated real-time feedback system, our emotions are a response to whether we are happy or sad with our current environment. Emotions have been brushed aside as illogical tendencies, which is a drastic mistake. If you feel bad, it is time to quickly change your thoughts and situation. Over time, you will gain experience about how intricate the emotional system is and how it can serve to guide your thoughts.