We have just entered into 2017 and for many, life now revolve around getting into a routine for home, school and work life. In all the busyness, its very easy for the mind to get caught up in managing life and forget about noticing the mind.
What if I were to ask you to check, "What is your mind doing now?" You could easily give an answer like, "I am writing an email" or "I am cutting vegetables". Our attention is normally placed on what we are doing and we think that that is all there is but this is just the tip of the iceberg in understanding yourself. Have you noticed the mind quality that is "writing an email to reply to a customer's complain". Is that mind calm? relaxed? excited? irritated? or angry? The mind that is attending to the task we are doing is the one we need to really pay attention to because it will be the kind of mind we are growing or conditioning.
For example, while performing the task of writing the email, you may notice the mind is agitated and wanting to finish it fast because there is a dislike for the task. If we did not take notice of this mind while attending to the task of writing an email, easily, the resulting email may have mistakes or comes across as insincere. This could lead to further issues with a customer. On the personal side, if we are constantly doing a task with anger or irritation and we are unaware of that, we are actually growing anger and irritation that will easily spill into our speech and actions which will in turn affect people around us.
Now, if a person is able to pay just a little attention to the kind of mind that is present when he is writing the email, the result will be different. Somehow, just knowing, will put a break to the momentum in the mind and result in more objectivity and clarity. In short, in our daily life, do we only just attend to the task that is calling for attention, or do we attend to the mind that is going about doing the task? What would you like to grow this year?
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