I remember years ago when my nephew was still a small boy, he was running a fever and experiencing bodily discomfort, as any child with a fever inevitably would. I still recall the sight of his anguished expression when having breathing difficulty due to a heavily blocked nose from the flu.
It is a fact that with a body, comes suffering, irrespective of our age. That is the nature of a physical body — aging is its process. To care for it is our responsibility. To properly sustain it so that minimal discomfort is experienced, is our daily chore.
We may not be aware how burdensome it is to maintain this body. Upon waking up each day, our first chore is to attend to our body, do you not notice, otherwise it would result in unpleasantness that can be pretty unbearable. Cleaning our teeth, clearing our bowels, taking a bath, washing our hair and even taking a breakfast; all are done not for the sake of beautifying ourselves, or because we enjoy doing them, but rather because we are fully aware of what it entails if we do not do the chores. But do we ever notice this burden? Seldom, since it is a must-do list each day, taken for granted. Instead, to mask that reality, we sometimes beautify it so as to try to make it an enjoyable experience.
The body is also a host to uncountable and unseen micro-organisms, so, obviously we are not the only owner of this house (body) we are in.
Our mind too is the same. Many mental "sicknesses" go through our minds each day, not to mention, each moment, yet strangely, we may not even be aware that they need not be experienced, if we know they are just "sickness" plaguing the mind. Judgment, jealousy, stress, frustration, upset, to name a few, may seem "normal" to us. It is only normal because we did not know better — that these vexations are actually not natural, meaning that they can be overcome. They are like intrusions, like micro-organisms causing havoc in the body.
Take a simple case of judging others. Silent judgments in our head always seem so right when they take place in our mind. Yet, if one day our mind no longer judges as it did before — not that because we managed to stop it from happening — but through a process of wisely understanding how the mind works — only then do we realize how wrong and heavy is a mind that judges. There is a way to end these vexations and many of us are not aware of it.
It is the way of mindfulness of the mind, or awareness. Some may call it meditation. In simple terms, we call it wise understanding — A kind of understanding of how your own mind actually works. This journey brings you closer to a waking-up from stresses, or mental unease, that are not necessary, but inevitable while in the midst of living a life, come what may. And this includes, the body inevitably falling into dis-ease. The mind will be ready for it through wise understanding.
Take it on if you find that you truly wish to lead a life that is more harmonious, mindfully.