Being Mindful



The best thing that any of us could do, especially in these horrid Covid-19 times, is making, not just attempting, a constant and resolute effort towards good health, while heeding to our body signals and improving the quality and depth of our conscious awareness. In other words, we should learn to disengage ourselves from pointless contemplations and anxieties. To achieve this outlook isn’t easy. We have to obviously use our instinctive and intellectual mind with better judgment, forethought, and perception. This will take us to a new plateau — it will empower us to disentangle ourselves from our fabricated emotions and moods. It also helps us to realise ourselves as spiritual entities — not just a physical body with a mind and soul. The rest is predictable — when our sense of self-consciousness expands, it elevates us to a higher form of consciousness. Call it spiritual, or cosmic, consciousness — or, what you may.

Spiritual consciousness, or mindfulness, is the most potent therapeutic force that exists within each of us. It complements and propels every function and process of our body. It ‘ups’ our normal healing processes with a gush of curative energy that directly impacts every bit of illness. This leads to nothing short of what we call as ‘miracle’ cure — while heralding the surging influence of our expanding spiritual consciousness that encompasses everything in us. This includes our thoughts, thinking, tissues, cells, or anything that you’d relate to — within us and outside of us. It reflects our conviction too — not just a feeling, but a vision that each of us has in full measure. For our own and also everyone’s good.

We all have the propensity to believe that our self-consciousness too is, for the most part, a rational process. Hence, the argument — that conscious-awareness of the ‘divine in us’ ought to be a spiritual process. For most people who delve into and are focused on their spiritual awareness, their intent is apparent — to retain and embrace the ‘divine in everything,’ at all times. The most interesting part is when one embarks on their eternal quest for the divine context one is always bound to understand that the essence of self-awareness and conscious-awareness of the divine is not so much related to the mind as one’s inner, resident soul. What does this connote? That true consciousness, including what philosophers and mind scientists refer to as ‘mindfulness’ is the fundamental crux of our entire being — a sublime prism that exemplifies the breath of life, or prana, or chi, juxtaposed by the grammar and syntax of all our feelings and emotions. Modern medicine calls it immunity, or immune defence, or immune mechanism, while holistic, integrative medicine refers to its whole, quintessential context as our inner healing agent that we are all endowed with.

When you place them all — awareness, consciousness of being, the divine context, or mindfulness — in one basket, they represent our whole conscious experience. Of each of us being the embodiment of all reflective thoughts that occur in our mind regarding the self — including the divine. This appears simple on the surface; but, it is actually profound, also intense. This is because no matter the quantum of our life experiences, there are certain thought processes that are not permanent. They are merely fleeting, not long-lasting. It is only when we achieve a stable state of constant, continual awareness of our self, that our conscious awareness becomes long-lasting, also achieving, as it were. This is not just spiritual oneness, but also unification with the divine.

We need a constant, enduring sense of awareness for each of us to reach the most profound level of our unconscious self — this is, of course, not as easy to achieve as it may sound. The reason being — what we consciously experience, or understand, as the divine is perceptibly limited to our unconscious self, including the perimeter of our thoughts and feelings from deep within and from the inside out. What is also significant is far beyond a specific point — we ought to surrender to the ‘divine in us’ to take the next step. Once this happens, we transcend the humdrum and attain a lasting state of conscious awareness — one that is in complete fusion with the cosmos, or the universe. Our subsequent stride is predictable. As the divine takes the initiative, it helps us to surmount most challenges, or hurdles, of everyday life through our own conscious-awareness.

The emergence of such a state occurs through transformation — where the divine element expands. To know it from the inside out is not undemanding, because transformation does not illustrate itself in a form we’d, perforce, know, or comprehend. One dramatic mode of knowing what is what, as it is, is though self-awareness. When the self gets enhanced and becomes truly divine, you get a feeling that the ‘divinised’ self is all there to feel and emote. It is not that one should be prepared to ‘separate’ the chaff of the self from the divine grain, miss the plot and fail miserably, while transcending the commonplace. Well, if one were extremely receptive and humble to the point of being self-effacing, it would all appear like a ‘big leap’ forward for the ‘divine in us’ — a state of breath-taking spiritual experience. This is something you’d describe vividly and also just as articulately — as you’d want to — while breaking new ground and attaining spiritual fulfilment, or wisdom.

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