I’ve felt a bit mentally off balance this week, which I guess is because of stretching more in social life than usually. This morning I began to ponder that another thing has been that I haven’t had as much mindful time as I would prefer to. Therefore I decided to dedicate some time in the morning for meditation.
My key realization is that although physical exercise is important and is often times prioritized, how many of us prioritize mental training? Both are equally important, and at best they are the same.
Personally I had forgotten this lesson and happily spent twenty minutes of my precious morning time to meditate and it was worth every second and more.
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” -Zen proverb
This Zen Proverb is so true! Often when we are the most hurried we forget the most important thing.
In life there is no excess: there is no hurry, or too much or too little. Our perception is merely off and that’s why we should find the inner balance again through sitting still with our minds and letting go of the thoughts.
Interesting point about us that either can think what we feel, or then change our thinking and then feel what we think. I realized this today morning while listening to Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind by Joe Dispenza.
What you think frequently is what you get used to and what will you gravitate towards. Our brain generates emotions which are in fact chemical mixes and then our brain likes to maintain homeostasis – a familiar mix of chemicals all the time. If this gets disrupted, our consciousness gets signals to restore the balance in form of cravings, wants and annoyances for example.
Considering the difficulty of changing emotional life, it does take a long time. Yet it appears we have no choice.
As I understood it, the cells in our brains we decay and degenerate if nothing new happens: new experiences of learning. Repeating the same is the way for destruction when we are talking about cells.
This biology seems to support the idea of continuous growth and openness to experience 🙂
What I love about Buddhist philosophy is the thought of building incredible goodwill.
Aristotles had similar ideas: if everybody would compete in virtue, we all would get the best of everything.
Whatever it is virtue of ancient Greece, or the good deeds of Buddhism or any other culture I am fascinated by the human desire to be good.
Good and bad in the end have the same potential. However, what I think is right: when we feel accepted, contributing and fulfilling life, we naturally want to be good towards others as well. We have the need to share.
The thing about Buddhist philosophy is, to train the mind to let go of most of things and then sort of delay the gratification indefinitely. Well delay might be wrong choice of words, since it also involves enjoying what is in the present, enjoying to like the simple things that are present in life.
Equipped with a mind that has few wants and all the needs fulfilled, is a happy mind. And happy mind wants to share and see others prosper as well. That kind of mind seeks to fulfill the needs of others to the best of their ability.
All the good in life does in the end happens when we live through the virtues and build a solid goodwill balance.