I often wonder why people don’t consider spending time with the ‘self’ as important as being with family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, etc etc. There are different connotations used by numerous scholars to describe this state of being with the self. Some called it meditation while others termed it rejuvenation. It’s worth mentioning that now-a-days a lot of psychiatrists use this technique of spending time with the ‘self’ as a modern age healing therapy to cure those under depression. The level of positive outcome of such therapies as compared to anti depressant pills and shots is really astonishing.
Sitting few minutes in silence , deep breathing and letting all thoughts (both negative as well as positive) in the brain to settle down actually relishes the mind to a great extent leaving one with an energized body and an immensely pleasant mood.
Stress in the mind is like sand granules in a bowl of water. One cannot remove sand from water by constantly disturbing it by stirring. The only way to get back purity in the water is by leaving it as it is for quite a while and letting sand granules settle at the bottom; thereby making water at the top of the bowl – pure, free of dirt and sand. Similarly in times when we find our mind caught in tussle with plenty of thoughts, we must take some time out and let it go. Jiggling with thoughts in such a state of mind would not bring back the steadiness, rather letting go and being in silence with the self makes the wavering mind to settle on its own effortlessly.
The quantum of efforts and time we spend on our body to enhance our outer glamour will not yield best possible results until we start investing some portion of our time to cleanse our mind on subtle level.
Balancing mind and body not only enhances our lifestyle but also enriches our lives as well. Needless to mention that our life is the most precious gift that mother nature has bestowed upon us and we must respect it by living it fully and enjoying every moment of it.
Written by Mani Goswami