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My reflections On the Nature of Mind

This post is based on my own experiences and ideas about the nature of mind. I used to meditate a few years ago. I lost that habit due to ignorance and forgetting the priorities in life. Just a week ago, I started again to meditate for some time in the morning. I do not have a goal to reach anywhere with it. It is just a curious exploration of understanding a bit about the nature of the mind.

On the very first day, I try to concentrate my mind on a certain point, and soon enough I see the mind separating from my identity. It is very vague experience and it does not last for long time in the beginning. But for that moment the mind becomes like any other body parts which can be used for certain functions.

In order to use our minds at best, we must detach our identity from it. As long as we are identified with the mind, we can not use it for practical matters, to find a solution to life problems.

Everyday we see or become those people who are so overtaken by the emotions that they can not even define the problem, let alone solve it. When we are having intense emotions, we must realise that they are only the reactions of the things that are happening around us, or to us. But they are not the problem.

Our language itself is such that it suggests this identification. We tend to say, “I am angry.” “I am depressed.”, ” I am sad.”, “I am happy”..etc. We never say ” I am feeling anger”. If we did, we would instantly be able to detach ourselves from the feeling. And the moment we detach, its intensity fades.

It is such a wonderful thing about human mind. It is intense towards the things it can identify itself with. That very fact makes it the most powerful tool. Because it can generate such intensity that gives way to anything that is desired. At the same time, for most of us this intensity is generated by itself due to lack of disciplined control over the instrument.

It can be not better expressed than from these words from Bhagavad Geeta, “The mind is either your best friend or your worst enemy.”

Most of us neither destroy our lives completely, nor do create the best of what we can. Most of us are comfortable using only a little bit of the mind and then let it wander wherever it goes. I ask this only to remind you, ” Is this how you want to spend this human life?” We take the Human life for granted and spend it no better than animals.

It is not about saving the planet or making it a better place. It is about taking the next step of knowing who you really are! Only understanding of the true nature of your mind can evolve you into something beyond material. Running after the automated desires one after another is only going to end in the same state as you started.

Some may say that they are very satisfied with what they have and very thankful about life. But it is out of the ignorance of the temporary nature of the life. It may be more of their laziness and comfort-zone than the true satisfaction.

Humans are not made to be satisfied. Satisfaction is the end of progress. Humans are made to search for the unknown, the journey which does not have an imaginable end. It ends beyond the known and the seen.

What our generation needs is to learn to take control of this intensity. It is the power to create magnificent things. And it is the power to destroy everything. And the good news is that, we have a choice.:)

Thank you for reading! I hope this post gave you some useful insights or made you relook at the value of your Human life! I would love to hear your feedbacks and your own views related to the nature of mind! 🙂

Fantastic image by Niharika Jadav. Follow her on Instagram @niharkajadav.

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  1. Very nice write up.. Its not possible to control mind, but we can focus our mind to do something better than what we did yesterday. Like in Bhagavad Gita, Lord say’s If you are unable to fix your mind steadily on Me, O Arjun, then practice remembering Me with devotion while constantly restraining the mind from worldly affairs.

    Abhyasa yogena.. is the key.. keep writing keep inspiring!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you.. very true. Controlling the mind requires ability to percieve subtle, which is very difficult in the beginning. So we must start with the careful attention and meditation on the gross and slowly work our way up to percieve subtle things such as the inner workings of our minds.
      Thank you very much for your motivating comment. 😊

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