Walks of Mind
Illuminating What Goes on in our Mind
A Summary of Walks of Mind
Walks of Mind is an extraordinary and ground-breaking work giving a fascinating glimpse into how the human mind impacts our modern-day experience of life. Walks of Mind challenges the idea that life is something that just happens to us.
Walks of Mind addresses some of the most appropriate topics in today’s world, including anger, resentment, and love. Walks of Mind is intended to be a popular and thought-provoking work and stands out through its unique presentation style and the diversity and originality of its content.
Taking a simple observational viewpoint, Walks of Mind covers the role and nature of emotion, how our belief systems work, why we resort to resentment, what is going on when we fall in love or get enraged, why sometimes life itself seems to be against us, and what opportunities we have for change.
Walks of Mind uses everyday language and a variety of presentational approaches to appeal to a wide popular audience. This is for anyone with a curiosity about the experience of being human and an interest in positive personal development.
Walks of Mind builds on existing general knowledge and presents a series of new insights and ideas about how and why we think and behave as we do. The content addresses some key areas of personal development.
Walks of Mind is exploratory in nature and adopts a concept of ‘walks’, much like a guide book. Each ‘walk’ investigates one particular aspect of the mind.
These are the basic walks:
(We Define Our Self) The second primer walk. Here we look at the role that our deeper beliefs play in guiding our behaviour and defining our ego, our sense of self. By understanding why we take on these largely-unconscious beliefs (and how they influence us) we can expose ways of changing them.
The main walks that follow are individually available for a nominal one-off fee:
(The Triangle of Motivation) We explore the function of feelings and the association of these with motivation. A view of emotion is built up that combines the influences of feelings, thoughts, and states of mind to promote particular types of behaviour to suit different situations. Three core emotions are identified: love to engage with life, fear to draw back in response to threat, and anger to re-engage in opposition to danger.
(Ghosts of the Mind and Boosting Capability) By becoming more aware of what we are thinking and of our own particular way of imagining we are able to gain a deeper appreciation of what is going on in the deeper levels of our mind and how we can use this to boost our own capabilities.
(The Challenge of Life) One belief that many people suffer from is a belief that life is difficult, or a struggle, or tough. This walk shows why this is such a common belief, what can hold it in place, and why it takes root in the first place.
(The Many Faces of Anger) This is an investigation of anger from first principles. Many aspects of anger are looked at and a common thread identified. Anger may be thought of as our attempt to deny a reality that we do not want to accept. Anger is our way of saying “Take it away, I don’t want it”.
(Resentment and Blaming – The Fear Alarm) Resentment appears in many forms in our daily lives. Here we look at what is actually going on with resentment and identifies a key to why it exists. It is proposed that resentment is actually a natural defence against low-level threats, a Fear Alarm. Modern-day life triggers this alarm at the wrong times though, leading to resentments that undermine us rather than alert us.
(Conditional and Unconditional Love) We explore some common issues around romantic love and falling in love. This gives us a deeper appreciation of the reality of unconditional love and what gets in the way.
(The Evolution of God Theory) The tongue-in-cheek last walk re-examines the principles of evolution and deduces that the main guiding principle is not the often-quoted survival of the fittest but actually survival of the most competitive. This leads on to an appreciation that life will inevitably develop a simple overarching purpose and that purpose is to evolve God. On a more serious note, this appreciation of a key evolutionary imperative, to use competition as a basic survival trait, also has far-reaching implications on our personal and social lives.