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, ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, hell of heaven.’