I love teaching Social Studies to my class of ten year olds, especially when it is all about Ancient Civilizations. Ancient Egypt would have to be my favorite of all because of all the incredible stories about their Pharaohs and the great artifacts that were left behind. From the hieroglyphics and wall art to their great mummies that were found that tell such mystical stories about this period of time.
I especially love teaching these young minds about the mummification process, because the children are just amazed about what they believed. How they stored all of their valuables in their tomb with them to take with them to use in their Afterlife. How they removed all their organs to preserve them in jars, again to use in their Afterlife. The funniest was what they did with the peoples’ brains. They actually stuck a rod like devise up their nostrils and into their brains where they would then stir it around until the brain was liquified and then turn the corps over to let the brain drain out of their nose.
During this time period they believed the brain was a useless organ and its only purpose was to produce snot. My students loved hearing this and they were totally entertained that they could think that the brain was useless and only produced the mucus of our nose.
These Egyptians, however, were very smart people. Look at the architecture that they created! They were using molded bread as medicine years before penicillin was even invented. They have many amazing creations, but so ignorant to the most important organ of our human body.
How many of us are exactly like these Egyptians? Very intelligent, just don’t understand life at all? We form these beliefs that we let rule our worlds and just like the grave robbers of Ancient Egypt, we let these beliefs steal our joy!
So many of us look for happiness in the size of our home, the cars we drive, the amount of money we have in our bank accounts, having a prestigious job, the endless supply of clothes we think we need, even the lavish food we eat.
We think we will be happy once we get that promotion at work. Or maybe we think happiness is finding ourselves a new mate. Many of us look outside of ourselves to find happiness and think someone else will make us happy, but how ancient of an idea is this?
Nobody or nothing is going to make you happy. Only you can make you happy. All these things that you think will bring happiness are just earthly things that definitely might bring you joy for a short period of time until your ego needs something bigger and better. If you are letting your ego be the Pharaoh over your kingdom then your brain really does only supply your nose with snot, because you aren’t using it to find true happiness.
True happiness comes from all the little things in our lives. Not how successful we are. Not how many people we rule over. Not how huge our pyramids are. True happiness comes from within. When you appreciate life for life itself.
It’s time to take control of our brains, and start using them for more than what the Ancient Egyptians thought this organ’s function was. We now know much more about the importance of the brain. We can control our brain and train it like any other muscle. Through meditation, slowing life down, appreciating the little things in life and learning to love ourselves, we can start putting our brains to great use.
I am a huge fan of Lao Tsu, and I do love this quote from his Tao Te Ching: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”