Mindcoolness is bodymind dominance and the optimal balance between aggression and tranquility. It is a mental state that is willful, prideful, and present—unchained from frantic thoughts. But the chains come back when you think too much. Here are seven random signs that you do.
1. You pursue tough and painful activities.
This is counterintuitive, but hear me out.
Pain is reality. This is why I love strength training and martial arts. It brings me back into reality, back into life. (I talk, of course, about moderate acute pain, not staggering or chronic pain.)
Biochemically, endorphin and epinephrine release is responsible for that. And what do those peptides to? They get you out of your head and into your body!
When you restlessly pursue extraordinary activities that bring you pain, that bring you reality and life, consider that you might not be experiencing enough raw reality in your everyday life.
How much in your head are you during the larger part of your days, weeks, months?
Flow states are similar. Difficult, creative activities—like work, music, dance, archery, etc.—can put you out of enslaving thought loops and onto focused thought lanes.
The mind heats up as thoughts go in circles. To cool your mind, you move toward pain or flow, or both.
You can dwell longer in flow than in pain, but how cool is your mind when you have neither?
Naturally, risk-averse overthinkers do not even pursue such activities in the first place. Overthinking comes in many forms.
2. You are single, but do not approach strangers that arouse you.
You are going about your day as suddenly your eyes spot a sexy lady arousing you from the other side of the street. You want to bang her, so you go hit on her.
Since, as a man, your eyes are connected to your dick, this is a natural sequence of action. Sometimes, though, the ocular-penile connection is interfered by your thinking mind making up excuses not to approach the charming stranger. The sum of those excuses are called anxiety, which is a state of mindhotness.
When your body gets hot, your mind must stay cool to command your heated body’s behavior.
If you are single and your mind’s and dick’s wishes do not agree, you are probably thinking too much.
3. You drink alcohol.
The legal and societal status of alcohol, compared to that of other drugs, is proof that we live in a society of chronic overthinkers.
By shutting down the prefrontal cortex, alcohol cools the mind, alleviates anxieties, and depresses thoughts.
Drinking alcohol is an obvious sign that you generally think too much. (Of course, it is not a solution because the prefrontal cortex is also the seat of your willpower.)
4. You believe meditation is not for you.
Most meditation neophytes quickly quit because they take too much pride in their racing minds.
Do you believe that your inability to sit still and focus on your breath for 45 minutes is indicative of your intelligence and inventiveness?
“I just don’t think meditation is for me; there is too much going on in my mind.” Yea, there sure is too much going on in your mind. It’s called overheated overthinking.
However, instead of showing that meditation is not right for you, it proofs that you would vitally need it.
5. You are indecisive.
Whenever you balance reasons, consider pros and cons, go back and forth and back again,—you are out of mindcoolness.
Overthinking during indecision is caused by your ego trying to overpower your will:
- “Should I wear this or that?” Your indecisiveness is your vanity trying to impinge upon what you truly want.
- “Should I eat this or that?” Your indecisiveness is your greed for pleasure (or again your vanity) trying to impinge upon what you truly want.
- “Should I buy this or that?” Your indecisiveness is your consumerist ego trying to impinge upon what you truly want.
- “Should I say this or that or nothing at all?” Your indecisiveness is your social conditioning trying to impinge upon what you truly want.
The only remedy against indecisiveness is self-knowledge: the discovery of your unique True Will. And the stronger your will’s principles, the quicker you can decide.
The more you know yourself, the less you think about yourself.
6. You need constant media stimulation.
Your true self comes to the surface in moments of silence. Most people, however, fear their bare being; so they fear silence, and so they silence silence.
Putting in earphones, looking at your phone, or turning on a screen of your choice hooks you up with endless stimulation. Nowadays, you have the opportunity to live in a steady stream of never-ending entertainment.
By taking this opportunity, you can effectively keep your true self at bay and prevent the overthinking that would initially come along with your true self’s emergence.
7. You have an opinion on what happens when you die.
Maybe your opinion on what happens when you die is perfectly scientific, yet you still wonder what might happen when you are dead.
Concepts like afterlife, reincarnation, and spirituality are the pinnacle of useless thinking. Philosophical thinking is typically not a gift, but a mental disease.
If you are interested in what happens to “you” when your nervous system stops working, you are a pathological thinker.
How to better end this paragraph and article than with a quote by my favorite philosopher? Spinoza (Ethics, part, IV, prop. 67) says, “A free man thinks of nothing less than of death, and his wisdom is a meditation not on death but on life.”