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Automatic Processing – Is it on Your Mind, Or is Your Mind on It?

July 2, 2010

Bell FlowerThis could turn out to be one of my lamest posts ever, but I am writing it anyhow. Many of you know by now that I like to find the finer details in subjects by what you might call, “splitting hairs.” There are delicate differences in the way we perceive our universe and the words we use. Think about it for a moment. Is there a discrepancy in declaring that you are mad and stating that you are frustrated or angry? The suggestions we feed our mind engage our imagination. Perhaps it is reasonable to say we are mad rather than expressing our true feelings. Maybe it does not really make that much difference in the way we process, but who knows.

I wanted to deliver another idea to you about thinking. I hope that this idea will help you visualize more effectively. I have noticed that when I think about something that the processing is in the beginning stages. At some point, my mind shifts over to “think of” and that is when my insight engages. In the beginning stages of considering (thinking about) my thoughts are shallow and scattered. However, as I switch over to “think of” my mind begins to focus and prospects enter the picture.

I believe we do this automatically with both positive thinking and negative thinking. We may think about getting a new job, and then we start “thinking of” all the details surrounding it. We move from considering something into supposing it during this process. Our minds are preoccupied with thinking about what we will have for dinner, what we will wear, and what tomorrow might bring, etc. When we think about – we have no idea. When we think of – we get an idea.

If I inform you that I am thinking about a number between one and ten, what do you see? However, if I say that I am “thinking of” a number between one and ten, does that engage your intellect? This is an illustration of “Is it on your mind, or is your mind on it?” If I am thinking about something, it is on my mind. When I switch my focus to thinking of that thing, my mind is on it. I thought about presenting this idea. The more I thought about it the more unintelligent it seemed. However, as I began thinking of writing it, my mind expanded into the realm of feasibility. It is possible that we can make a conscious effort to switch our focus rather than allowing our automatic processing. When you think about what you will have for dinner tonight, begin “thinking of” cooking and eating, and you may decide quicker.

Sandra Hendricks, EzineArticles.com Expert AuthorWe think about many things daily, but how often do you catch yourself thinking of something? It occurs more regularly than you may be aware. Great ideas come to us frequently and too often, we simply think about them and then dismiss the idea. Your thoughts can run wild if you think about matters, but refuse to think of them. We do not close a letter with “thinking about you.” We sign it with “thinking of you.” There is an applicable difference in my mind. Instead of thinking about your difficulties think of the conceivable solutions and position your intellect to work for you. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking of yourself. Are you on your mind, or is your mind on you? Thinking about what you hope to accomplish, are your introductory thoughts, but “thinking of” reaching the goal is what counts the most!


2 Comments to “Automatic Processing – Is it on Your Mind, Or is Your Mind on It?”

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  2. Sandra this is not a lame post at all. It is probably one of the most thought provoking post I have ever read.

    After reading I realized that “thinking about” is problem orientated thinking in my head. I think about things I have, should or must do. On the other hand I think of happy things.

    This is a great eye opener for me. Thank you

    .-= Marion Anderson´s last blog ..Choose the best Environment for you =-.

    • Sandra says:

      Hi Marion,

      Thank you for commenting. It is wonderful to see you here. I appreciate knowing that someone other than me found this idea significant. ;)