The mind can be seen as the immaterial correlation to the material brain. It is the movie of experience you are observing, but which we cannot find in the physical world.
It is generally agreed that mind is that which enables a being to have subjective awareness and intentionality towards their environment, to perceive and respond to stimuli with some kind of agency, and to have consciousness, including thinking and feeling.
Your can experience five types of sensations from the environment around you:
Every sensation is experienced in your mind.
Your mind enables you to perceive and experience the world around you. It is the colors you see, the sound you hear, and the touch you feel and the thoughts you think.
Every perception, thought, feeling and belief you have of the world is an expression of your unique indivduality and subjectivity.
But who is experiencing?
I can hear myself read this sentence in my head.
If you read this sentence many times, you will probably feel a weird sensation. Your own inner voice doesn’t seem to be the real you. Your are observing and experiencing your own voice.
This subjective awareness that all experience goes through, is sometimes called the soul, or the self. It is without thought, without perception or beliefs – it is pure being.
When you are born, you take in all information without interpretation. You are in a state of almost pure being.
To make sense of the world, your mind starts to categorize it.
With your inherited ability for language, everything you can distinguish (like dark, light, hot, cold etc), can also be given a name, and hence become a concept.
One of the first things we distinguish is ourselves from others.
Because we now can recognize ourselves, the concept “ME” is created. In the same way we associate “rain” with “wet” we start associating ourselves with properties. “I am smart”, “I am dumb”, “I am pretty” “I am ugly” etc.
The beliefs you have about this “ME”-concept (ego) is what makes up your self-image.
The times you truly connect with people is when you feel that others have the same thoughts, feelings or believes as yourself. Sometimes called being on the same wavelength.
Relating to people can be difficult if they don’t share our values and sense of self. Being condescending, fearful or angry with others can often be a result. Not associating with your self-image therefore makes it easier to connect and relate to other people.
The realization that the “ME” that is experiencing is the same “ME” someone else is experiencing gives you a way to have empathy with other people, even thought they have different believes, thoughts and feelings.
This is sometimes called unconditional love.
You love someone because they are, not because of what they are.