We have come across a lot of self help books, articles and online videos which talk about mindfulness. So, I am not going to venture into some unknown area of knowledge now. Acknowledging the various online as well as offline sources that I have read and watched, let me (still) give you a brief of what mindfulness is.
But first let me ask you one question- when was the last time that you almost tasted the soil in your mouth when you could smell the rain falling? Yes, I know. I am connecting a lot of sensory perceptions in one image. But I am not kidding. If you really feel the rain falling on the soil, you can not only hear its pitter-patter, but also smell the soil and maybe even feel its taste on your tongue (without really eating the soil, I mean!). This is mindfulness-to experience one’s surroundings to the optimum, to feel one’s existence in the present. However, to do this, one needs to take a pause in our oh-so-busy lives. And no. Our work won’t wait if we do this. We can rather get back to our work with more energy and enthusiasm , thus encouraging us to finish it faster and more efficiently.
In the fast pace of technology and rat race, we forget to experience nature as it is. We have lost our abilities to feel free and happy amidst the green trees and under the blue sky. We have lost hope and the ability to love whole-heartedly without putting in several thoughts in our mind. If we put our life in retrospect, maybe we can see for ourselves how complicated we have made it to be. I am not saying we do not think. In fact I think a lot, like a lot! But let us try and resolve our thoughts, and not tangle them up. I constantly struggle to quiet my mind and practice mindfulness. I want to feel alive and not just simply live my life everyday, not aware of my existence. Obviously, I do not succeed in one day. There are good days as well as bad ones. But hey, didn’t Scarlett O’Hara rightly say, “Tomorrow is another day!” (Gone With The Wind)
Maybe, in my next blog I will share with you some of the ways I practice mindfulness. Till then, let us try to be more aware of our physical being and what surrounds us.
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