The older I get the more I realize how amazing we are as humans.
Our brains are incredibly complex. At any given moment, our five senses are picking up millions of bits of data. Somehow, to prevent us from short circuiting, we can sift through all this data at any given time. We have to organize and prioritize that information without regard to the useless information that could be processed.
Think of all the peripheral noises and smells and visions that are happening right around you. We don’t notice any of them unless we focus on them or have a need to respond to them. Meditation teaches this when you concentrate on any given subject. Our eyes are able to see so many things at one given time but our brain shuts out all but the conscious focus.
The Reticular Activating System
(RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brainstem that filters out unnecessary information so we can process the important data. The RAS is the reason you purchase a new car and then...