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It only requires slowing things down a bit and paying attention to each of them. This is termed as mindfulness or attentive living.
In the previous post, we had carried out a discussion on how mindfulness works from a physiological perspective. Also, we have discussed on how to practice mindfulness in everyday activities.
In this post, we discuss the psychological aspect behind why mindfulness works.
A scientific study to validate its contribution in psychological well-being of a person can be found here.
Being in the Present
It is a common advice in self-help and life coaching guides to be in the present.
This makes complete logical sense, as the past is gone and the future is not known. It is only the present where one is situated. But unfortunately, we almost always situate our minds in the past or the future and miss being in the present, where life actually is happening.
There’s this favourite quote of mine from the movie Kung-Fu Panda, where Oogway the wise turtle sums it up:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.
The sense organs are the ones which observe the Existence as it happens. They are the ones who always and without fail live in the present.
Hence, paying attention to our senses, we can bind our mind to the present. This is the fundamental idea behind mindfulness and why it works in enhancing our psychological well-being.
However, this is only one aspect of the mind. There are two more in context of this discussion.
The Three Minds
The mind has three parts – one which acknowledges the sensory inputs, one which commands work, and the one which thinks.
The first two are involved in activities through which an individual interacts with the world as it is at the present moment. However, this is not true for the last one.
Take a moment to embed this simple truth to the very core of your realization.
The problem is that we spend most of our time in this last part of our mind, which by nature is disconnected from the present.
The result is our disheveled and disconnected sense of belonging in this Existence.
The sense organs and the organs involved in work by nature are rooted in the present. And both these parts of the mind establishes a direct connection of our brain with the rest of our body, by receiving or sending neurological signals. But thinking pertains neurological activities only inside the brain, not requiring connection with the organs involved in interaction with the world.
Hence it is easy to lose our sense of connection if we spend more time in the third part of our mind. We all have experienced this. And perhaps even remarked how overthinking has been a problem. But why it is so, we know now.
Staying rooted in the present, through mindful practices, we restrict our mind to venture into its third territory. Thus, being in the first two, we can inherit a sense of connection with the world and belonging in this Existence, thereby enhancing our feelings of fulfillment and contentment.
– SACRED UNION –
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