A Mind and a Car: An analogy

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You know how a car moves. It takes a lot of force and effort for an engine to start the car and then accelerate. It takes a lot of fuel during this acceleration process. After a while, when it acquires the desired momentum, it needs very less power from the engine. But then the air resistance and ground friction come into play. So if the engine provides no power to push the car forward, finally it is going to be stopped. These are the details we all know. But then have you ever thought that our mind works similar to a car?

Yes. Most of you might have already found this analogy. Suppose you are a student who needs to start preparing for exams or a researcher who needs to plan and execute some experiments. But then you feel mega-lazy. Somehow you postpone your work for many silly reasons even though you know that you have an essential job to get done. When you are lazy, your mind, which is the engine, provides no fuel for your body and brain to do the right task. What are we supposed to do at this moment of mind-numbness? To move a car, we have to apply a great deal of effort, indeed.

Similarly, when you try to push yourself to do your job, it can feel mundane, uncomfortable and monotonous. In fact, it is reasonable to feel frustrated at the initial stage of your work because, to start doing your job, like a car engine, you have to invest a lot of energy and investing your energy can be frustrating at times. Here you are pulling yourself up from a pit of laziness to heights of excitements, and this process naturally comes along with a sense of exhaustion. But a lot of people quit at this initial stage as they think that this frustration is going to be with them as long as they do the work. This is where they are insanely wrong!

Similar to the car, which attained the desired momentum after a while, our mind will also take a sense of momentum after a while. This is always true. The time needed to get this momentum may vary depending upon the inherent interest on the work you do. Once you get the momentum, the effort from your side is the least. Then you start to feel the excitement. You feel joy and comfort as you ride along with your momentum. Now you are in the flow and you start to do magic in your work!

But then the ‘air and ground resistance’ comes into play. Your friends, chats, emails everything starts to slow down your momentum. This is the time you really need to give some extra effort consciously to keep yourself on track with the right pace. Otherwise, you are going to slow down and finally come back to the old state of stillness. External distractions can quickly derail you and make you an ordinary being.

If a great deal of effort is needed for a car to move, why don’t many people believe that similar effort is required in order to start their work? Alike the car, which runs without much engine power after gaining the right momentum, once our mind reaches a state of flow, we begin to feel the joy of easiness. At the same time, we have to look for the distractions which can potentially retard our pace. Under these circumstances, keep yourself on track by fueling it with your vision just like how a car engine compensates its speed by giving more power to the engine against friction. It seems basic principles are all the same irrespective of the difference in processes. So analogies play an important role in understanding things clearly.

Just reminding what Leonardo da Vinci said: “Everything is connected to everything else. It is just that we have to look close enough to see it.”

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