Most of us would take it for granted that education is important. We would have spent years completing our primary and secondary education and some of us even more time graduating with our bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees. And, at this moment, we are most likely trying to reinforce this same believe on our children who would be busy pursuing their education as well. We are investing in education because we believe that it will enable us and our children to earn a decent living.
And nowadays too, we have been educated about the importance of taking care of our body so as to maintain our health. So it is now a given that we should spend time at the gym, playing a sport or joining a marathon. And we invest a lot of our time doing or training for that!
Yet, we can all also agree that we have a mind. Do you notice that we are living through our minds every single moment of the day? In fact, whether we succeed or not in our studies or are able to persevere through school, college and university or even at the gym or for a marathon, depends very much on our mind and its views, ideas and motivations. For that matter, how each of us lives our entire live depends on our mind and its views, ideas and motivations!
Do you now see the fundamental importance of understanding the mind? How much time, then, do we actually spend learning about the mind and its workings? The irony for most people who do not notice the central role of their minds, is that their very minds will keep telling them that other things are more important! We will never stop being busy with something or other in our lives - if we do not actually, for once, stop to understand why we are so incessantly busy!
If we can spend more than 20 years in formal education and also many months and years training for a marathon or going to the gym, how does that compare to investing just a couple of hours over a few nights to learn about the workings of the mind? How about stopping the incessant busy-ness of our lives just for a few days and go into a retreat for self-discovery? Is that a lot to ask of our time? This is indeed a worthwhile question to ponder over. What if I tell you that learning about the mind and its workings is, in fact, the best investment in your time that you can ever make? And that understanding the mind and your “self” will have a most profound impact on all aspects of your lives including your relationships with your family, your work and your world!
So do consider investing your time in joining us for the last “Mindfulness – A Starting Point” course for the year and for our upcoming retreats.