Mind is generated by brain and is abstract? Thoughts are generated in brain and they constitute our mind? Thoughts are abstract too. Our bodies are matter and it generates virtual and abstract entity mind? Or it is the other way round, that our mind generates this all matter. Who knows?
But let us assume for now that mind is created. It is then amazing for mind as it is so powerful that it effects and controls its own creator. Research shows that that before we actually do a thing, first the thought of it arises but some believe that it is either internal or external stimulus that creates the response by thought which act as stimulus and then action by the body is performed. But now, what I am thinking is that what might be these stimuli; external factors are visible or observable, but what are these internal factors? Why would I like to tap my finger against the table while reading (am I aware of it? Only just now when I thought of it; else I was doing it unconsciously), why would I like to write this article? Answer is clear because I thought of it. Do I ever do a thing without a purpose? Either I do a thing that is necessary to be done because I am conditioned by my atmosphere and learning, that such and such thing is important or I do it because I like to do it. In both cases I have my mind moving ahead to my actions.
But wait let me look on the other side, I am only not aware of some involuntary actions that take place inside me as I am not conscious to them or they lie in hidden layers of unconscious and subconscious states. If I have been aware of all my small movements taking place in my gut I would have become so distracted by internal hustle- bustle along with external one. But if one practices a lot one can listen to involuntary movements too. And also meaningless tapping and waving of hands and feet while doing something else. Much of the time we breath and breathe it unconsciously, focusing attention will make us to realize that we are breathing. We don’t have to think that we need to breath, its so natural. Now this is what my body is doing action without any thought and that is supposedly all animals and plants are doing without thinking and then what makes us smarter than them when we ourselves not think what we do? With mind we can also control our involuntary actions that keep our complex machinery or body system functioning properly. So should I conclude that it is matter over mind or I need some more observations on mind over matter? Or it is Consciousness above mind!!! May be there are more subtle thoughts but may be there are so subtle causes that generate these subtle thoughts….it is something open ended I am still thinking…..