Everything in this cosmos is perfectly aligned in it’s own way. In this human life nature gifted us the mind and body to experience the entire cosmos provided we are ready and receiving what the cosmos is offering us. And realizing that the human experience is the most precious gift that we have been presented by the cosmos is key to being at the receiving end and open the doors to the cosmos.
Our job in the ongoing process of life is simply to keep our mind and body aligned with the cosmos and involve completely in the moment. This moment is where the magic is happening. This moment is where the play of entire creation is taking place. This moment has a universal mind of it’s own and we are part of this magical moment and not any separate entity. Only when we realize that we are part of this divine play we will be able to execute ourselves correctly in this huge ongoing process of life.
Involving or executing ourselves, means involving or executing our mind and body, and generally speaking the energy that we have been bestowed upon. Involving or Executing our life energies towards the universal process of life will make us one with the cosmos.
So in this way we are aligned with the cosmos and respond right for sure in all the life situations.
Two most important elements that’s determine the quality of our lives are:
No. 1 How we manage our thoughts and emotions and our life holistically!
No. 2 How are our relationship with our close, near and dear ones, friends, colleagues and other humans beings in the surroundings! In this article we will be talking purely about our relationship with fellow near and dear ones and other individuals.
I would like to share a story about my personal deep realization about what it truly means to be available in a relationship!
I have always been relating myself with others mostly through emotions and little of thinking but for sure with being absolute non-judgemental, call it becoming attached to someone, call it becoming over caring about someone, or call it becoming too intimidating! This to me was a very vulnerable but an intense and a compassionate way of living my life. This also turned out to be one major reason why I choose to become a physician. But to realize what I have just written it took a lot of reading and self-observation. I always did so and am doing it at present also but now this is more conscious process unlike before when it was spontaneous and inadvertent. As I became more and more conscious in relationships it made me realize that to fulfill other persons real needs it requires more than just complete mental and physical presence, it requires one to understand other persons life situation, state of mind, nature and other tendencies to become available to the other person. Once at least one of the person become genuinely available in a relationship with such absolute mental and physical presence it leads to a very healthy and a joyful relationship. Just the awareness of becoming available in a relationship is such a life transforming way of living that we would never have to suffer or become miserable ever again, because when we become aware we start transcending ourselves to an optimal level of awareness in which there is complete joy and bliss. We will never have to expect any one to be available when we ourselves are available in a relationship regardless of other persons state of mind, beliefs, ideas and approach in a relationship.
As I mentioned it took a lot of reading and self-observation to reach this state of awareness but eventually all my efforts to cultivate this awareness about becoming available in a relationship turned out to be fruitful and transformed my inner self to a more joyful and blissful state because I know how much available I am in any relationship.
It is said that if you want to observe how your mind reacts or responds then it can be best observed when you interact or communicate with some person. In these human relationships there is a huge potential for us to mirror ourselves and REJOICE WHO REALLY ARE! AND EXCLUDE ALL THAT WE ARE NOT! REJOICING WHO WE ARE AND NEGATING ALL THAT WE ARE NOT THESE BOTH ARE MEANS TO MIRRORING AT LOOKING AT WHO WE REALLY ARE!
To define Mind is a intricate task, as the mind has so many aspects to describe and there is no definite set of idea and knowledge to exactly pin point out Mind. There is no doubt about our physical body as it is very apparent to our senses. With regards to our Mind our idea about Mind is based on experience, experience of our thought processes, thinking patterns, emotions that evoke, dreams that we see during our sleeping hours etc. Mind being a very complex element in any persons life a lot of people face major challenges in their routine life to deal with the mind. Normally it is supposed to be our conscious being/ True inner self that should guide and direct the mind for all our life activities but due to lack of proper knowledge and awareness our mind turns mechanical and directs all our life activities creating a chaos and unpleasantness in our life. Mind needs to be used as just one tool to guide us through the life journey.
So after exploring the basic question as to why we get stressed out and get disturbed when we face simple things in our life like having conversation with someone, at our workplace doing routine work, studying some wonderful concepts to gain knowledge, dealing with finance, in terms of relationships with parents/husband/wife/friends/colleagues, in raising children, and many different areas of our life.
Is this how our life is supposed to be?
Is this how our precious time and energy be spent in all the unnecessary mental chaos so far away from the REAL AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE?
Isn’t this life supposed to be lived JOYFULLY? Every Moment? instead of undergoing all these stress turmoils of emotional hurts and ego conflicts in our relationships with our fellow beings and in relationships with the external world that we live in living or non living by getting influenced by all the likes and dislikes our mind and dividing the world in good and bad thereby being in continuous inner conflict that leads to stress in the mind?
How would our life situations be if we rejoice everything that we do no matter how small the task be? Shouldn’t we realize and experience for REAL the beauty of having human relationships- parents/husband/wife/brother/sister/friends/colleagues, and not just human relationships also rejoicing our relationship with the surrounding living or nonliving, our relationship with the sunrise, our relationship with the birds flying in the sky, our relationship with the sky, the soil, the trees around, the air we breathe in, the water we drink, and all the wonderful things on this planet earth, having meaningful and great conversations with fellow beings that strengthen the human bonding, gaining knowledge that elevates our spirit to live life to the fullest, doing business and deal with the money for personal and family security, in raising children so they can be future great human beings and contribute great things to the society, etc etc. ??????????????
8 STEPS TO KEEP OUR MIND HEALTHY ALWAYS
1. First thing is to attune yourself, your physical body and mind with the nature/the existence/the creation! This will ensure a blissful life NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATIONS OF YOUR LIFE!
2. To write a daily diary of THINGS TO DO AND TASKS ACHIEVED!- Doing so helps us keep our mind focused and organized. We do not want to put too many memories in our mind and brain so we miss our eyesight for the high priority tasks.
3. To know different aspects of our Mind by reading high quality literature and to understand it well so we can handle different situations of life joyfully and with ease!
Here i suggest all to read “THE ENNEAGRAM SYSTEM” BY G.I GURDJIEF, its a brilliant system to understand human beings at the deepest possible levels! This is a great treasure if one understands it well and imbibes it!
4. After knowing these different aspects of our Mind the next thing is to be with this awareness always and grow in this awareness.
5. To understand the dynamics of human relationships. Our relations with fellow beings determines the quality of our life. We could become miserable or transform in to the highest potential being, it all depends on how SENSITIVELY, CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY we handle our relationships with fellow beings!
6. Nurture the habit of reading and writing daily to take care of our BEAUTIFUL CASTLE/THE MIND! We must ensure what seeds we put in our mind. These seeds are the thoughts that we put in our mind.
7. After understanding the dynamics of human relationships it is important we stay integrated with our personal, social, and professional lives.
8. Always ensure you live your life to the fullest by maintaining a little distance between your true inner self and the mind, all your senses and mind in complete state of integrity with your inner self! This way you are the director of your film, the captain of the ship and pilot of your aircraft and not a Robot!
Being born and blessed with healthy and disease free genes is a great FORTUNE in itself and then comes all the wealth of the world to feel lucky about. A lot of people just take this fact for granted that they were born and blessed with a healthy and disease free GENES. We must realize that this is not a simple thing. If we are born with such a healthy state it reflects how our parents and ancestors have protected our genes by living such a great and disciplined life! Our HEARTS and MINDS MUST BE filled with gratitude for the divine creation and to our parents and ancestors. Along with the GRATITUDE it is also our RESPONSIBILITY to take utmost care of what we are blessed! There are two very important things when it comes to health that WE MUST focus on to TAKE CARE OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ALREADY BLESSED WITH , and they are DIET AND EXERCISE!
There is so much hype going on about Diet and Exercise as more and more people become health conscious and so, it is ironic when we hear or read words like DIET AND EXERCISE they may seem like some modern or recently adopted concept. This happens because human mind likes change so it always seek for fancy ideas and concepts overlooking some of the fundamentals. Eating healthy and balanced food is a basic thing and exercising physical body(not necessarily going to gym) but in some or the other way doing daily physical exertions to maintain internal and external body structures is something we humans having been doing it since the primitive ages effortlessly. To do this we require consistency and self-discipline in following proper time table. But today In the process of incessant seeking of fancy ways of living, we keep on creating new ideas in our minds about health ignoring the underlying basics. Thus the consistency and implementation of some fundamentals in our routine life is compromised. What we need to nurture is the consistency and self discipline in consuming proper diet and ABOVE ALL IMPLEMENT IN OUR DAILY ROUTINE!
We have all the knowledge of what kind of food to eat, when to eat, when not to eat etc. so i won’t be discussing that in this post but through this post i only want want to emphasize to all readers “BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE BLESSED WITH, PROTECT WHAT ARE BLESSED WITH AND ENSURE YOU IMPLEMENT ALL THE THINGS NEEDED TO PROTECT WHAT YOU ARE BLESSED WITH”
I just came across this article on NY times, about a male nurse working in Mount Sinai West Hospital in New york who died recently due to coronavirus infection. Please read this, it will make us realize that our judgements and analysis could go wrong and can be fatal.
I would like to encourage all my readers to let our judgement and information about something that we completely don’t know about be influenced by supplementing them with practice of basic rules, laws and protocols.
LETS “KEEP IT SIMPLE” AND JUST DO THESE 2 THINGS FOR NOW UNTIL WE HAVE AN ANTIDOTE FOR THIS VIRUS
1. DO NOT PANIC AND THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT IT AS IT CREATES MORE ANXIETY WITHIN US AND AMONG THE FAMILY MEMBERS, JUST FOLLOW BASIC MEDICAL ADVISE AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND IMPLEMENT IN YOUR DAY TO DAY LIFE TILL THE RESTRICTED TIME. FOR QUERIES AND DOUBTS ITS BEST TO DISCUSS THEM WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS INSTEAD OF SEARCHING AND READING ONLINE OR IN BOOKS.
2. THERE ARE CERTAIN WAKE UP CALLS WITH REGARDS TO BASIC PREVENTIVE MEASURES THAT DESPITE OF KNOWING WE DIDNT FOLLOW PREVIOUSLY AND WE SHOULD ENSURE WE PUT THEM IN PRACTICE FROM TODAY ONWARDS.
Human Consciousness or Awareness/Inadvertent behavior & Human Strength/Weaknesses or limitations are being tested during this difficult time by the nature.
Let’s look at today’s latest statistics about coronavirus cases all around the world starting december 2019 till today.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE AFFECTED- 341561
NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECOVERED- 99040
NUMBER OF PEOPLE DIED- 14748
China, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran and USA being at highest morbidity and mortality rates among all.
What are the 5 health determinants that reflects a person’s health?
1. Environment condition
2. Literacy rate
3. Social status of an individual
4. Economic status of an individual
5. Person’s individual characteristics and behaviour
In coronavirus outbreak, inappropriate environment conditions, and individual person’s characteristics and behavior are the major determinants that lead to this outbreak and later on after the pandemic situation other determinants combined with these 2 top determinants determined the morbidity and mortality among people.
Our ecosystem is in synchrony with the living and non-living things on this earth. Coronavirus outbreak reflects there is a imbalance in this ecosystem. If we look at the immense numbers of people affected and died due to this virus, it definitely invites us to rethink our ways of living. Although we know from the past infections like SARS and NIPA virus outbreaks that this virus is also zoonotic in nature, we are not actually able to point out the source of infection. If we observe in this outbreak developed nations has a high morbidity and mortality as compared to the developing nations which is quite unusual and worrisome. Despite so much of advancement in all round development we are unable to save people from dying. Death of 14000 people for a silly reason is unaffordable.
Another concern that is being raised is future environmental health hazards due to our inadvertent way of living. We really need to brainstorm our ways of living that could be hazardous to us and make necessary changes to ensure our future safety against these disease. Best preparedness against future hazard will be when we don’t ignore and ensure basic environmental and human requirements for optimal living. Adding to this also when we prioritize them above business and greedy growth by inadvertently ignoring the basics. How can we climb the 5th step of the stairs by ignoring the 1st one? Doing so we let ourselves to injuries by falling down.
This pandemic reflects how we are all connected by nature despite all the individual differences bases of religion, caste, creed, likes and dislikes e.t.c that we have built in our minds. This time also gives us an opportunity to realize how our individual action or inaction can affect others tremendously in positive or a negative way. Its indeed nature’s call live a highly conscious life and remove all the indifferences that we intentionally or inadvertently created in our minds.
Let’s live a life of high awareness with a vision of UNITY and LOVE for each other!
I always observe the impact of hygienic atmosphere and orderly arrangements of things in the surrounding environment on my mind. So much so that someone could mistake it for an obsession. If we connect spiritual principle to this observation, all spiritual leaders, saints and enlightened beings say whether we want it or not, the reality and truth is the moment we are born on this planet we are in a relationship. Relationship of our inner world with the external which cannot be separated by our will as it is the nature of how life is operating on earth. Therefore, whats going on in the external world impacts our inner world(mind) and vice versa. Same is true with hygiene and orderly arrangements of things in our physical environment.
What happens when I notice some dirt or garbage in my surrounding, the appearance of it, the smell of it? and how my mind is reacting to this particular situation. To the readers I would ask if they have observed this in detail, but I assume most folks’ mind would react in a similar manner. Lets say we try and divert our attention from this situation and surrounding, what happens? Still there is a inner wish that the surrounding be clean and things be orderly. And what emotions and thoughts are being generated? I guess they need not be described in detail. But what I am trying to say is every thing in the surrounding good or bad creates impact on our mind, as there are some inborn instincts that we are born with and its always nice to be aware of this instincts and live in-tuned with them for pleasant experiences in our life. Same is true for orderly things, somewhere back of our mind orderly things create a pleasant experience in our mind and unorderly things could be disturbing.
Why do people choose addiction as a way of living? Does it really make people stronger? Does it give people euphoria or lets ask what do people achieve by becoming an addict?
Today, I while I was waiting for the train near the platform and studying for my exams side by side, I was forced to think about these questions when I saw a young drunk man, aggressive, and verbally fighting with 3 policeman and 1 policewoman for unknown reasons. Very soon the team knocked down the guy and handcuffed him. After they tied him on the ground a bottle of alcohol dropped out from his jacket. I saw this bottle and got compassionate for the enforcement team, the young chap and the people around.
Was the young man conscious of what he was doing and saying?
I got carried away by this sight looking at foolishness and stupidity of this young chap to rise against the law and order enforcement team for unknown reason. What could be the reason? From the way he was aggressively saying bad and insulting words to the policeman it appeared he needed the freedom to do something which the team consider inappropriate in that public place. In my past experience of my home country, when a drunk man is caught by a police personel he completely surrenders and apologize even when he is drunk. To compare the systems of a developed and developing country, the freedom given by the nation to a person in a developed nation is supreme as compared to a developing nation. This freedom when unconsciously and consciously misused due to addiction reasons or egocentric ideas, leads to all the rubbish thoughts and emotions like anger, frustration, hatred, enemity, etc etc etc, and as a consequence fights, conflicts and continuous friction among people. Probably it was the same situation here, where this chap had misued his freedom inadvertently. What we can observe is consuming alcohol, drugs or smoking has tendencies to become completely unaware and aquire inappropriate and illusionary ways of living wherein a person gets dismantled from the real world of living such as the example here.
This scene was a little disturbing so I thought to pen it down to transform my experience into a beautiful one.