Thoughts on thoughts

Every morning I do yoga and some other exercises, a good beginning to each new day. It is dark outside when I start and I like to see it getting lighter outside. Soon I hear birds calling out to each other. It is very peaceful. My body is doing the asanas and pranayamas and my mind is busy in its own world 😊. This never fails to interest me. It is fascinating how my thoughts wander from one topic to another and they move not only in time but also in space. I tell myself that I am going to concentrate on one thing or on a prayer and I succeed, for a minute! Then unbidden, a thought enters. It takes me another two minutes before I realize that there are other thoughts moving about without restraint. I remember The House of Kanooru by Kuvempu which I had read recently. One of the characters is so used to what he is doing that his body performs mechanically his duties as a priest. His mind has complete freedom to flit. I could relate to that. 😊

What fills me with wonder is that most of us cannot control our minds. Fortunately for me there are no negative thoughts. I think about something which has happened and which I felt should not have happened. Sometimes there are dialogues going on in my mind. At that moment all that is so real. I smile to myself thinking about what I had been doing. Unnecessary thoughts do not intrude when I am reading a book or listening to one. Funnily my mind wanders only when I am reading something serious or doing Yoga. I don’t know if I will ever be able to control my mind.

One day Aravind was talking to me about a particular meditation technique. He said  that we need not bend backwards to control our thoughts. We have to just let them come and go. When we do that, we don’t have to worry  about our controlling errant thoughts or their control over us.  It does sound easy, at least in theory 😊.

John Milton has rightly said, β€˜The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, hell of heaven.’

Sun shining down on the Arabian sea.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

7 comments

  1. I envy you your capacity to control your mind. I usually spend good mental energy fighting negative thoughts which I want out of my brain. Perhaps Yoga might help, but I’m too lazy to start. I don’t think Aravind’s advice works with me. Greetings.

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  2. Yes, I’m afraid the pandemic has put a lot of negative thoughts in my head, Somebody told me though, that “You must make every day the best it can be” , and that sounds very trite, but I have found it helpful, perhaps because it lowers my expectations.

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  3. >>One of the characters is so used to what he is doing that his body performs mechanically his duties as a priest. His mind has complete freedom to flit. << My mind flits all of the time. I get a task accomplished and suddenly realize I don't remember doing it. My mind was so busy elsewhere. I don't know how good that is for me, though. I try very hard to stay focused on the task at hand.

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  4. I’d like to do Yoga but the physical poses are so difficult for older people who are no longer flexible. Yes,the reason why I get insomnia is I could not stop thinking while trying to get some sleep.

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