In the English language, the brain and mind have almost become synonymous.
We are multilayered beings, we are so complex that even in all the years we have been on this earth we have yet to have a full understanding of ourselves and therefore we can never truly experience the world. The trick to living a fulfilled life is nurturing each layer of ourselves, the mind, body and the soul (consciousness). Merriam-Webster dictionary defines mind, body, and soul as:
Definition of mind
2a : the element or complex (see 1complex 1) of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons.
Definition of body
1a : the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head
Definition of soul
1: the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life
An article by Loner Wolf states that “there’s a divine driving force guiding us all known as Spirit. Spirit uses the mind to create an identity (the “Self”) in order to aid our survival.
This “Self” (or ego) you possess, is composed of all the memories you have that you identify as belonging to “you,” e.g. your name, your nationality, your political/religious beliefs, your life ambitions, what you’ve grown to like and dislike, and all the personality characteristics that are the result of your environmental experiences or genetics.
Most people go through life believing that they are this story, believing that they are the thoughts they are thinking, instead of the essence that is experiencing those thoughts”.
The body, along with the mind (brain) will one day cease to exist (death). To attribute yourself solely to your mind is to say that when you die you lose yourself completely. Some of us have become so obsessed with the ego that our mind becomes us because we can’t stop thinking. To put things into perspective:
” If our conscious experience of life was a cinema, most of us would be so absorbed in the movie that we would forget who was actually the person sitting in the chair watching that movie. It’s this subtle shift in awareness from being the movie to watching the movie that we can refer to as the Soul”.
A person who identifies with, and believes themselves to be their passing thoughts and emotions, will suffer in life much more than a person who has found the centered of their being, their Soul.