Most of what makes an experience so magical is that we are experiencing it at just the right moment.
For the past several days I’ve had the melody to a song I’ve only heard once or twice repeating over and over in the back of my mind. I didn’t even know the lyrics, but my mind kept spinning the tune anyway. This morning I finally got around to looking up the lyrics, which in turn made me smile from ear to ear. Because the song is perfectly suited to be the soundtrack to the past few wild weeks of my life.
And I think that’s one of the most extraordinary functions of the human brain—it thinks for us even when we’re not consciously thinking. How is this possible? Well, the scientific answer—which I’m always curious about—is that our brain is a sophisticated parallel processing system capable of intuitively assessing and reacting to data that our conscious mind is never even aware of. Tuning in and playing the running soundtrack of our lives is only a small example of our unconscious mind’s true potential.
But despite my love for science, I don’t always want or need a scientific explanation for every little thing that happens in life. When just the right thing happens at just the right moment, I simply [Read more…]