Let Stillness ‘Flow’ Each Day

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RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

It is a matter of routine; also, clockwork. From the time we get up each morning until the time we go to bed each night, we are like a parched mop. We are constantly taking in far too much information than required, thanks to a glut or never-ending tags of information out there. For most part, 65 per cent of information is absorbed by our eyes and brain; 25 per cent from sound; and, the residual 10 per cent from flavour, feeling and smell. During wakeful hours, our brain, likewise, is flooded with sensory information. The flow is so enormous that we can’t think clearly at times. Call it ‘sensory overload,’ the fact is ‘two’ much information and nerve-racking multi-tasking present themselves as our ego’s best billboard. The outcome is mental fatigue, or burnout — a term that is customarily used for top-notch tennis players.

It is also ironical that enough is not enough for our information surfeit, which is a part of the frenetic pace of change, where you are living your life, or career, at excess speed. You have just two options — fasten your seat belt and ride the information shuttle at the speed of thought, or walk out of such entrapped sensory stimuli to give your mind a well-deserved rest. It is a thin dividing line, indeed — from hectic activity to balance and inner peace. While most corporates pontificate that you ought to maintain work-life balance, they do not often encourage us to do so — except in these most difficult, also tempestuous, Covid-19 times, when you are totally ‘home-bound.’ The paradox also is, most of us are not conscious that we have a choice — although some of us know that we should ‘unplug’ ourselves from the outside world and calm the turbulence in our mind, while reconnecting with our deepest self that is pleading for conscious attention.

Notwithstanding advances in science and technology, a dividing wall continues to confront philosophers and mind researchers about the foundations of our active mind and our functioning brain. Most mind scientists extol the idea that the mind is more than a corollary of brain functioning, with a multitude of neurochemicals, or peptides, responsible for each thought and feeling. On the contrary, new advances in consciousness reveal that the mind and consciousness are independent of the brain.

While we all agree that the brain is our key organ of preference, recent developments in brain research suggest that every cell in your body has its own sense of conscious awareness. This is reason why all of us concur that surplus sensory stimulation can lead to sloppy focus, mental exhaustion, abridged decision making, warped communication skills and, possibly, hyperactivity in children, while triggering a stressful state. The only way you can balance your mind, body, and soul is by taking regular pauses, like moving out of your workspace, when in office, and preventing mental fatigue and reduced productivity, or creativity.

You’d do well to think of your mind as a TV signal, with each of your five senses functioning like specific TV channels on the remote. What does this signify? That too much of TV viewing can lead to mental inertia like excess information. This can twist your thinking abilities, while affecting your best intentions, thoughts and behaviour. The best way to seek balance between this frenzied state and a serene world of inner peace is to enter stillness every day and allow serenity to fill your mind. This can be achieved by setting aside a little time, each day — and, disengaging from our ‘automated’ world. In other words, you’d turn off your TV, cell phone and computer, for some time, each day. This is not a mind-rattling act, but ‘mindful awakening.’

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