The human mind remains an unsolvable mystery to many. It’s easy to blame the decisions the mind takes, but very little has been written on the processes and mechanisms through which our mind operates. Everything we do, think and implement is an end product of our thinking process. Balvinder Kumar’s Awakening the Thinking Mind aims to help readers improve their physical and mental lives.
The book looks at the inherent nature of the mind, focusing on illusionary reality, empathy and compassion. While the mind is like an open field with boundless possibilities, it has some limitations too. The book looks at these limitations as well, be it suppressing negative thoughts, decision-making conundrum or free will.
Awakening the Thinking Mind also covers different areas in the fields of neuroscience and psychology to help readers understand the functioning of the mind without diving into medical jargon and technicalities.
The civil servant writes that “like physical laws, there are mental laws that govern our mind” and has compiled important features and laws about the mind, organised them into broad categories and presented them in an easy to understand way. He also discusses how one can overcome difficulties in life that one comes across because of mental suffering. The secret, as per the author, lies in mastering the mind. He elaborately explains how one can transform their mind through awareness, accepting life as it comes and by indulging in different kinds of meditation.
Kumar culminates the journey to understand the mind by saying that all minds are intimately interconnected and together they can affect collective human consciousness. He argues that there is an indelible correlation between collective consciousness and the physical world. Citing results and examples from projects like the Global Consciousness Project, an international project designed to explore whether the presence and activity of interconnected consciousness can be scientifically measured and validated, Kumar writes that “what appears to be individual consciousness (mind)” is, in fact, “universal consciousness/mind”.
In all, the book is a spiritual journey through the medium of words to understand the true purpose and potential of our minds.