“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
According to a succinct definition given by the Webster dictionary, the mind is the element or complex elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and, especially, reasons. It is the organized conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organism.
So does the mind embody both rational (thinking) and emotional (feeling) states? Some people who specialize in the study of the human mind would say so because they believe those two areas can’t be separated. Others may argue that the mind constitutes only the intellectual functions.
Generally, for most of us lay people, the mind is synonymous with thought. You’ve heard folks ask, “What is on your mind?” That is to say, the question addresses what you are thinking about. We also sense it as that incessant chatter inside our heads. What arises in the mind may comprise of thinking, seeing images, and feelings/sensations together or one is dominant over others.
The human mind is, indeed, a complex and mysterious thing. But hey, that’s what makes it so intriguing. And what’s more important than knowing and understanding yourself and others better, right?