All my life I’ve been impressed by the mind and owed by its power.
But the more I knew about the mind, how the brain works, the more I realized how much I’m influenced by other minds around me. Just a system, in a systemic world of minds.
My mind is contaminated. Yeah, the mind is contaminated by emotions, feelings, prejudices, blind spots, denials, projections, paranoias, phobias, fear, regrets, guilts, worries, anxiety, old age, sickness, death, failure, rejection, loss and disaster.
And like David Hawkins said “the mind has also been innocently programmed by endless propaganda, political slogans, religious and social dogmas, continual distortion of facts, falsifications, errors, misjudgments and misinformation.”
This is how we create our beliefs, those supports of our actions, interpretations and utterly perceptions. We just allow other minds to pour inside ours. We feed our beliefs daily with the memes of our inner dialogue and with memes from the view of others.
A long time ago, I strongly believed that I AM the mind. I thought that my mind is the reality.
But there were moments in my life when I felt more alive, breathtaking and those moments existed just when I wasn’t thinking. I was just PRESENT, living NOW, breathing.
“The mind is not your reality; it is a false interpretation. You are not the mind, you have never been a mind” OSHO
This is the difference, the mind lives in the future or in the past, the mind is just a projection.
Wherever you go, your mind is a step ahead of you. It is not only that it follows you like a shadow, it is always one step ahead of you, it has reached before you. When you are going to a friend, when you are embracing him, your mind has embraced before. When you set an intention, a thought is launched, so the mind projects you. Your mind is always rehearsing.
This is a life of someone who’s not present, always projecting, interpreting, simulating.
So, it is healthy to be PRESENT, to live in the moment, it brings awareness, SELF-awareness.
BUT HOW DO YOU LOSE YOUR MIND? where do you drop your mind?
This is what suggest for today: WATCHFULNESS
As I said earlier, I become more aware about myself, I drop a lot of my thinking when I just watch. Just observe what is around, how does it work, how is the wind blowing, just WATCH, without thinking, without judgement.
The deeper the watchfulness becomes, the deeper self awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals. One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap. In those gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will have the taste of no-mind. That is PRESENCE, aliveness!!
Call it taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery because all barriers are dropped. The screen on your eyes is no more there. The projections disappeared, is just NOW, awe.
HOW DO YOU LOSE YOU MIND? What do you do to be here NOW?