Control the fickle mind by restraint of breath. Then it would like a tethered animal, cease to stray. – Ramana Maharshi
Hello friends, I have heard somewhere that there are three monkeys whom are needed to be tamed in order to find lasting peace in life. They are mobile, money and mind. All the three can play as mischievous and truant with us as a naughty monkey, robbing the peace of mind entirely.
I shall talk about mobile and money some other time. The more pressing subject to seek happiness in life is, training the most fickle of them all, that is mind.
In fact, our minds can act as our closest friends as well as the worst enemy. It depends entirely on how we negotiate the various dark alley of the mind and reache towards light and positivity.
In today’s world, very few people can say that their minds are not bogged down by the burden of stress, anxiety and unhappiness. They are like the toxic pollutants which makes the atmosphere of our mind unhealthy, disturbing the peace of mind.
There is a pristine tranquil lake of profound relaxation and bliss, hidden within all of us. Unfortunately, we are unable to experience it as our mind remains covered with above mentioned toxins and pollutants, thus obscuring the view.
It is quite an arduous journey to discover that blissful and tranquil lake. The endeavor for it, precisely has three stages – concentration, meditation and mindfulness.
If we can concentrate or discipline our mind on something, as simple as exhaling and inhaling our breathe, dropping the other pressing thoughts from it’s vicinity, it can become an act of meditation.
It’s indeed another universal truth that our mind is a wanderer, can travel to far off places in a moment and can loose itself in myriad thoughts without ourselves being aware of it. In fact, it’s as difficult to contain it as the passing wind.
Regular focusing on the meditation, leaving the turmoils of daily lives behind, can generate the awareness of the presence of that elusive lake of peace and calmness within us, and it’s the mindfulness.
The mindfulness while doing our daily chores can also provide us the pure awareness. We don’t need to sit idle to be mindful. If our minds can concentrate on anything, it’s awake. All we need is a strict resolve to practise it and unfold the obscure.
Friends a little exhertion on our part, we can discover that lake of tranquility within us, diving into which can give us respite from turbulent storms of distressing thoughts and circumstances.
Afterall regular practise, patience and perseverance is the key to all success we seek in life including winning over our minds.
Let the quest begin in the right earnest!