“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside.”
Did you know that babies laugh 300+ times in one day? While adults don’t even laugh 20 times a day. Well, there is a reason why the brains of babies are set in a way that they find the world more amusing and fun.
How neuroscience backs up this hypothesis?
Babies are super-conscious beings; these “little zen masters” tend to notice the smallest of details, unlike grown-ups, who tend to focus on only what they think is essential to them. Therefore, babies have heightened consciousness.
Alison Gopnik, a psychologist from Berkeley, did a study on how an adult brain works and according to her, we adults have a sifting process of a look at the world. Our minds focus only on what we learn over time, and that is the only thing important to us. This process leads to a limited view of life.
- Narrow mindedness among adults leads to less creativity or problem-solving ability or even finding fun in life.
- Adult’s limited attention span, rigidity combined with lack of adjusting powers make it tougher to have an open mind to situations
- While a baby’s brain is alert and aware of all seemingly irrelevant information, they get closer to discovering innovative solutions.
- A baby’s brain is also more receptive to beauty and experiencing joy wherever it wanders.
There is an interesting concept in Zen Buddhism called “beginner’s mind.” It is the ability to be open, eager, have no preconceived notions when studying a new subject, even when you are at an advanced level. Just like a beginner would.
A baby is blessed with the ultimate beginner’s mind! Just as a new computer, with no temp files, viruses or search history. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found out that a baby’s brain has reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex just like a jazz musician when they are in the midst of improvising. Therefore, both have an active mind that is spontaneous, ready to invent a new language and view life as something that has endless possibilities.
How to attain this?
- Meditate: Once you remove attention and focus, you become more aware of your surroundings.
- Look for Wonder: Self-awareness also happens when you experience art, beauty, nature or even music. This also explains why some people often rediscover themselves when they encounter such things.
- Be More Selfless: Similar effect occurs when we are in love or practice philanthropy. The selflessness when we’re sharing with the loved ones makes us move focus away from self to everything around us. (Just like a baby who is far away from I, me and myself.)
So, if you want to be happy in life, stop looking for help around you, learn it from your baby. Maybe, Baudelaire was right: “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.”
Founded in 2013, OurHealthMate (OHM) is a health-tech startup. Their award-winning services are rooted in a three-pronged service strategy: care planning, business intelligence, and quality execution. At OurHealthMate, everyone believes in the idea of constantly learning new things, as a beginner’s mind. This helps focus and find innovative solutions to corporate problems.
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