Simple or Complex Approach?

Today I read a simple but powerful little book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, where I found out an interesting distinction between two kinds of brains. “Simple brains and good instincts” of mice (animals in general) and “complex brains, filled with many beliefs and emotions” of human beings.

These two kinds of brains approach their tasks differently. The simple brains go straightforward and don’t procrastinate what they have to do. While the complex brains tend to rationalize and complicate too much what they must do.

This doesn’t mean that one kind of brain is more efficient than other, but that there are situations when one kind of mind or approach is more efficient than other.

What attracted my attention was that people’s mind is “filled with many beliefs and emotions”. I don’t know if this is good or bad, it depends enormously on what kind of beliefs and emotions you allow to run in your mind. Because there are many powerful and empowering beliefs and emotions, but also disempowering ones.

I also have been attracted by the peaceful idea of having a simple mind and good instincts. Often our many and complicated beliefs and emotions make our lives very hard. In these moments “simplify, don’t complicate” is a good advice. Many times all we need in order to succeed is just a simple mind.

We can even transpose this idea into an exercise. When we feel overwhelmed by all our thoughts, beliefs and emotions let’s take a break and a deep breath, empty our mind of all these beliefs and thoughts. Let our mind be simple and rely for a while on our instincts and intuition. This exercise may be a good way of relaxing, clearing and empowering our mind.

Our complicate human brain is superior to that of animals, but in many situations we humans need a simple mind and good instincts to solve our problems.