In course of a therapy session when I ask an individual to recall an incident or event from their life, different people recall different specifics. Some focus on what the event conveyed- the meaning specific to them, how they felt or how the event visually appeared to be..
But is that all that our mind remembers? Is this all that our mind stores?
I may not know everything that our mind is a repository of, and how much is accessible, but of the amazing things I have come to know or studied and seen in action, I write about below..
Our memory bank, wherever it may physically be situated in, is more capable than we normally tend to give credit to. We may forget consciously many things, but unconsciously we remember, our bodies remember sensations- all five of them. We seem to have given thinking, which is not a physical sense, more importance over other stimulations. Hence more than often we remember using our ‘thinking’. But we forget, our senses remember too. Every associated smell, memory of the atmosphere visually, physical sense of comfort, sounds, may or may not be filed well alongside the content of the memories– depending on how aware, and conscious are we using all our senses. Hence I call it, like how clients do, ‘amazing’.
The whiff of a comforting cup of cocoa is nothing but cocoa, had usually in upsetting times.. And the next time we sense the aroma, it starts bringing to our minds, the associated feeling memory of warmth, comfort.. and lets not forget, along with all this, a Need for comfort. Similarly, upsetting memories we try hard to make sense of, and sometimes feel we have talked about and dealt with, may leave residual memories, powerful ones in our mind in form of sensations and unexplained feelings or moods too.
Our mind remembers. So does our body- pain, discomfort, different sensations, everything- ready to be triggered at any time, unannounced.
So when we are nostalgic, or living in the past imagine what we may knowingly, unknowingly bring to the present? And when we believe we are in the present moment, how much present moment living are we really doing.. and how much is truly possible?
Food for processing.. experientially and intellectually.