Spiritualism, Mind and Meditation

HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT IS A STATE OF MIND

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Many may think spiritualism is a religious way of life. However, the fact is that it is a way to train our mind and spirit for the purpose of self-evolution. Spiritualism is to guide our spirit to a higher plane. By adopting the lifestyle, one can see a positive change in his or her life. Modern life is jam packed with work schedules and is full of tensions, which stresses us out. One has to be thoroughly organized and disciplined to manage the different roles in his life. This discipline comes from the pursuit of spiritual life. Spiritual life is being disciplined, positive and productive. Every action and every thought has to be positive and oriented towards productivity. A person cannot rise with negative emotions and tendencies. With positivity comes peace and happiness and with this perfect state of well being a person and achieve whatever he wants.  ‘Time is of Essence’ hence, time has to be used with utmost care. We should not see how much time we have spent on something but we should see how much time we have utilized.

Spiritualism helps in disciplining a person, which is an imperative trait for growth. Before disciplining ourselves, we have to achieve the most difficult task of disciplining our mind. Mind is an integral part of our existence. According to Vedanta, ‘it is a separate entity from our physical body.’ The nature of mind is very difficult to understand because the mind is very subtle as well as hidden. We can observe our mind through introspection and work on it accordingly. Many problems arise from our mental condition. It is our navigator, propeller and anchor. To have a productive mind we have to condition it accordingly. The mind works the way we program it. Just like a healthy body, we need a healthy mind. In fact, the first step to have a healthy mind is to have a healthy body. The mind needs nourishment that comes from meditation, exercise, healthy food, congenial environment and positive thoughts. If you feed this mind well, then only can you get rich food out of it. It is a common saying in Vedanta, ‘that our joy and suffering, wisdom and folly, strength and weakness, depend very much on the condition of mind.’ The mind has both good forces and dark forces. It is both negative and positive. The force that we let the mind flow with determines the quality of our life. The mind is a magnet that attracts what we have in our life and determines our fate. Therefore, the mind has to be guided to attract only good. That is why it is said that we are the creator of our own destiny. It is in our own will to govern the mind and be productive. Mind is very similar to the stallion, it has to be trained to be disciplined and focused. For a sharp mind, it needs to be purified, nurtured with positivity, needs to be alert,  free from internal noise and most of all be at peace. The mind is the basis for our well being, it should be used for only productive purposes.

Meditation is the most effective means to control the rising of mind waves that disturb it. Meditation has positive effects on a person’s life. It is the key to peace and happiness. It provides energy and nourishment to the mind. Meditation is the light, which removes all the darkness from the mind and takes it towards the positive direction destroying all negativity. Meditation is the process of purification of the mind and soul. It clears our aura and makes us better human beings.  It helps us to connect with our mind and inner self. It helps us collect our self. It builds intuition, helps in clear thinking and sound judgement. It sparks creativity and elevates our capabilities. Once the mind is conditioned, disciplined and seasoned with the help of meditation, it takes its own course and leads us to a path where we can accomplish whatever we want. The greatest gift that we receive from meditation is a blissful mind.

© THE TIMES OF INDIA

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Balancing the Emotional Baggage

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NEXT TIME YOU PACK YOUR BAG, BE JUDICIOUS BEFORE OVERLOADING IT WITH UNNECESSARY EMOTIONS!

Emotional baggage is the weight of emotions people carry around and do not know how to deal with it effectively. For some of us our backpacks are heavy because we do not see the intrinsic worth of life and enjoy it. Instead, we entangle and suffocate ourselves with onerous load of emotions. The emotions referred to here are negative emotions, imbalanced emotions and brooding that really make our backpacks unnecessarily heavy.

One has to travel light in spite of responsibility and commitment. Practicing it in a balanced way can help sift out the negative emotions largely and make the mind clear enough to have a creative vision of life. If we can properly balance our emotional relationships and develop insight, we would perceive the intrinsic worth of life. For this, we need to train our mind to be positive, to be able to see the brighter side of things in all circumstances. However much adverse situations may be, we should think of ways to tackle with the problems and find solutions rather than getting bogged down or feel as a hapless person. Such a state of the mind leads to despondency and pushes one to self-pity, which in turn is terribly addictive. It paralyses all actions and altogether thwarts the chances of coming out of the problems. We should work hard on our mental strength and always keep the heart uninvolved.  This helps one to achieve necessary clarity of mind, enables him to call forth inner resources to direct our emotions on the positive side of the scale opposed to negative thinking. Striking the balance, we will be better equipped to draw up a strategically sound road map for action. It unleashes the power of our mind and enables us to excel in all realms of our life.

Troubles concerning emotional relationships are spread out to family, friends, colleagues, society, ones work and so on. There is always a tension between these and self. Self is always at the center of this consciousness. The responsibility of balancing the emotions also revolves round self. There are pulls from all the categories of relationships as they form the basis of our social existence and identity. Being human, we cannot live outside the society. However, in this relational network we need to be objective and precisely discriminatory and discretionary in order to achieve an accurate proportion in our duties towards each individual and group.

In the whole game, one’s own integrated self is the primary factor. The first step of effort to this end could be balancing our engagement to work. As a consequence of collective consciousness we measure our value in terms of the quality of our work, to fit in to the set parameters. Our work fills almost three quarters of the day. It is very important to come to terms with this emotional tension. In this present day break-neck competitive world, to soothe the nerves one may sometimes take time off the scene, leave himself free and relax in whatever way he likes. More importantly, one must take a pause in the midst of this restive world by withdrawing into self in some undisturbed nook daily for some time, look within and harmonize his mind, body and soul. It is essential for regaining mental strength and emotional balance, attain accord in life and achieve fulfillment. Besides, we should allow space discretely to everything big and small to realize a complete sense of life. A healthy mind gives birth to a healthy body and a healthy life, nurtures happiness within and lays the foundation of a constructive existence.