Speaking at SAMHAJ/NAMI event on June 4, 2015 was another wonderful experience. People came from all walks of life with questions in their minds ranging from “who am I”, “why I am unable to control my mind”, “why I am unable to communicate with my children or my partner” and “why I am still not happy after working so hard”.
States of mind
During the event, we explored the various stages of human being and the obstacles we face in them. We also discussed about our different states of mind which according to Yoga Philosophy are – “Tamas”(Unconscious; ignorant; negative; injure others; sluggish), “Rajas”(Conscious; active; reason, seeks power & pleasure), “Sattva”(Super conscious; very active; powerful; one with everything; serene; content; happy). At times when we are in a particular state of mind, we may find it difficult to understand others who are in a different state of mind than ours. That’s why knowledge of these three states of mind and being Mindful is extremely important.
Roles in Life
Later we discussed that we are born as “Spiritual Beings”- happy; peaceful; loving; contented but while playing different roles as children; siblings; partners; parents; grandparents; friends; employees; bosses; business owners and so on, most of the times we get disconnected with our real self. All these roles take us away from our Spiritual self because we put in so many efforts in all of these roles to do well in life which is generally expected. However we forget to feed in or make efforts to take care of our Real Self. Result, an unnatural life style leading to internal and external chaos; superficiality; stress leading to numbness/disconnection.
Yoga Philosophy, Mindfulness and Neuroscience have many tools to help you to connect with yourself again. To begin with, start Meditation 5-10 min/day, initially with music and later without it.
First step to make a change
People mentioned that it’s difficult to have that kind of discipline, I disagreed. Disciplining is easy because we have been doing this since childhood, the difficult part is making it a priority in our thoughts. After that all we have to do is follow our thoughts!!
Dear reader, if for some reasons, you can’t do that initially, seek help. It’s even more important for you to do it. It’s often mentioned that everybody needs to meditate for 20 minutes daily, and if you are too busy to do this, then you should do it for about an hour!!!
Figure out your way to find your “Real self”. All the acquired roles can give you pleasure for some time but the “Happiness” will come from within you, when you are your most natural. Be yourself!!!