The Lens of Emotions

“We perceive everyone and every situation through the lens of our own emotions.”

Ozan Kulcu

Have you ever noticed that the same situation can be perceived differently by different people, or even by the same person at different times? This is because our emotional state plays a significant role in how we interpret and perceive the world around us.

Our senses allow us to gather information from the environment, but it is our minds that ultimately create our experiences and perceptions. The emotional state of our minds acts as a lens through which we process incoming sensory information. This means that the same situation can be perceived differently by different people or even by the same person at different times, depending on their emotional state.

For example, if we are feeling angry, we may interpret events or actions as more threatening or aggressive, while if we are feeling joyful, we may find the same events or actions more pleasant or enjoyable. This is because the dominant emotion at the time can influence how we perceive and respond to stimuli. When we are angry, we may be more likely to become angrier in response to certain actions or events, while if we are feeling joyful, we may find everything to be more enjoyable.

But how do we manage and regulate our emotions to improve our ability to navigate the world around us and create positive and fulfilling experiences? A Lean Mind offers practical strategies for doing just that.

It is important to note that the emotional state of our minds is linked to our core beliefs. These core beliefs are fundamental ideas or principles that shape our thoughts, actions, and perceptions. They can be positive, such as a belief in the inherent goodness of people, or negative, such as a belief in the inherent hostility of the world. Our core beliefs can influence our emotional state and, in turn, our perception of the world around us.

In conclusion, the lens of emotions plays a vital role in how we perceive and interpret the world. Understanding the influence of our emotional state on our perceptions can help us recognize the role that our emotions play in shaping our experiences and make conscious choices about how we want to respond to situations. By learning how to manage and regulate our emotions, we can improve our ability to navigate the world around us and create positive and fulfilling experiences.

For more information on cultivating a lean mind and improving your emotional well-being, be sure to check out A Lean Mind and subscribe to our blog for more insights and tips.


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MYM Podcast – Ep 7 – Manifest By Jess ft. Jessica Heslop

In this special episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast, Henna and Ozan welcome Jessica Heslop, founder of Manifest By Jess (Formerly Live the Life You Love)

Jess talks about her story of how she build a business that would go on to change millions of people’s lives, how does her meditations have a magical impact, and how the law of attraction works.

Do not miss this episode if you want to find out how meditations, affirmations, and visualisations can help you manifest the life that you love.

Find out more about Jess’ work in the links below:

YouTube Channel:
FREE Intro Video to Law of Attraction Mastery:
Meditation Shop:

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Ozan’s Website:
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Have You Tried Doing Nothing Book:

Homepage of Mind Your Mind Podcast:

MYM Podcast – Ep 4 – The Present Moment

Today’s episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast focuses on The Present Moment.

Ozan and Henna dives into the fundamentals of time, past, future, and the present moment. They investigate what ‘being in the present’ means, how to be more present, how to improve the quality of the moment, and how to manage time.

MYM Podcast – Ep 3 – Productivity and Creativity

Today’s episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast focuses on two of the most chased concepts in the business life: productivity and creativity.

In this episode, Ozan asks Henna about the ways how doing nothing can boost productivity and creativity, and how we can manage our minds in the busiest times.

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MYM Podcast – Ep 2 – The Mind Process

Today’s episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast focuses on the complex processes the mind has to generate thoughts and actions, and the role of emotions and core beliefs in it.

In this episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast, Ozan discusses his journey of transformation where he discovers the key parameters behind actions and thoughts in the mind by applying engineering approach to it.

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MYM Podcast – Ep 1 – The Art of Doing Nothing

Today’s episode of Mind Your Mind Podcast focuses on nothing… Full of misconceptions and a wasteful meaning, nothing can be one of the most useful practices for the wellbeing.

In this episode, Ozan asks Henna about what nothing is, how to practice it, and the benefits of doing absolutely nothing.

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Image by NASA

“Does the Earth know what humans and all the animals are up to? Does it feel the temperature changes? Does it feel the ice melting? Does it feel some living creatures on it are constantly digging and stealing resources from it? Does it feel the heat of all the energy wasted?

What does the Earth know about itself and about you?

The truth is; we are not that much different than the Earth.

Right now, number of microbial cells in your body is more than the human cells in your body. You have so many living creatures in you. You are the Earth for them.”

From the ‘A Lean Mind’

All the Best,

Present Moment

The reality as we perceive is nothing further than what we are able to sense in the moment. Everything else is virtual.

This includes the entire past and the projected future.

When we think about anything, we are basically reducing the ratio of aliveness in the moment, sacrificing the moment for the sake of a memory, a plan, or a thought.

This is just a gentle reminder to bring your attention to the moment. Focus on the moment. Listen to your senses. Listen the moment, look around, feel what you touch, feel the sensations, taste the air.

Breathe in the moment.

Just do this now for one minute and see how you feel. If you get distracted by a thought, then simply bring your attention back to the moment.

It might not be possible to ‘be in the moment’ at all times, and this is why I call the concept as the percentage of precence. We are humans, therefore we are supposed to feel emotions and think. We are supposed to remember memories, we are supposed to feel, we are supposed to think about the future. But sometimes, we might just forget to feel the moment.

Feel the moment.

You can read more about the percentage of presence and where the time flows in ‘A Lean Mind’ – Link in Bio.

All the best,

Image by David Gavi

Physical & Beyond

“We live through physical means. That is how we have a human experience. Our power and inspiration, on the other hand, comes from beyond the energy and the matter.’

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

I am engineering nerd at heart, always has been. Since I was a kid, I was crazy about explaining the universe and everything around me in a scientific way. And I was crazy following the latest scientific discovery and exploration.

I see science, religion, and spirituality converge at one point. They are not different ends of a spectrum. They are the whole spectrum, viewed from different angles.

More I get into science, more it proves that there is more than what we see. More I get into religion, more I realize the holy books ask humans to discover and explore more. More I get into spirituality, more I realize that deep consciousness spirit needs to work with the materialistic world.

I love learning about all the religions and views. I have been reading Buddhist texts recently, and one thing that I saw reminded me of these lines from ‘A Lean Mind’. ‘The Middle Way’ is a path where we fully physically exist in the moment, and yet we still experience the deep consciousness of the spirit. Ego runs the body and the mind, but we are aware of our true self beyond ego.

We are humans. We live in a materialistic world, but we feel there is more. The power and the intention comes from something beyond and deeper. But the motion and the action is generated through the body and the mind.

All the Best,

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“Everyone has a side you do not know, just like even you have a side that you do not know yet.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

How excited are you to find out this side of yourself?

Hint: The possibilities are unlimited.

To find out, first step is removing the identifications.

All of them.

Identifications are all the adjectives, names, and qualities we attach to ourselves. They shape our perception of ourselves, and they limit our perception of our true potential. The identity is shaped mostly by comparison to others around us and the society we live in.

The truth is, even you don’t know who you truly are. But not knowing is the beauty of it. The less you know about something, the more possibility the subject has.

The only thing that prevents you to be a different person right now is your identification about yourself that is created and stored in nothing more than your own mind.

Read more about identification in ‘A Lean Mind’.

All the best,

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We cannot stop the thoughts. What we can do instead is redirecting our attention.”

From the Book ‘A Lean Mind’

When I talk about the emotions – especially the difficult ones – I get so much backlash. It is quite easy for me to say ‘let go of an emotion’, but how can we really do this?

All in all, you’ll become an open target if you tell people that can easily let go of fear, sadness, anger, and so on…

How can you let go of an emotion? How can you stop the thought chain that is clearly hurting you or blocking your potential?

Well, it is practically impossible to stop any thought. In fact, if you try to suppress or stop a specific thought, you will only think about it more.

The mind doesn’t know the negative language.

The only way to truly let go of a thought is to redirect your attention to something else.

Distracting is, of course, a way. But it is generally temporary. How can you permanently let go of a thought about a topic that is important to you?

You choose that topic, and redirect your attention to another feeling still focusing on the same topic. You give your attention to gratitude, forgiveness, reason, courage, passion, etc.

Letting go is not removing a thought or an emotion. Letting go is replacing the emotion you feel about a specific topic with another emotion.

All the Best,

Image by Javier Allegue Barros