Despite the many happenings taking place around us at each moment, more often than not without me realising, a primary mind-state of that moment is determining whether to respond, react or even ignore what is taking place. It is the determining factor that makes my day, my so-called choices and even my future. It colors the way I look at the situation.
For instance, if my determining factor mind-state is 'uncertainty', anything that crosses my experience will be viewed from that angle, doesn’t matter that at other times I could have been certain about that same experience. This is apparent when I am driving. If there is an unresolved issue that makes uncertainty apparent, I will feel an element of unsafeness on the road, giving me the impression that an accident is going to take place.
Sometimes irritation takes centre stage of the mind and then any situation that comes along my way will either be my subject of complaint, resistance or even fear.
It can be any mind states and to be aware of this central state of mind at any one moment is very helpful so that we do not fall prey to it. Imagine the consequences if our state of mind is greed and we take a ride to a shopping mall. You can be certain to realize only later that whatever you have purchased will not be of urgent use or could even go to waste.
Notice that the next time you cannot stay present to lending your ear to someone in need, it is because there is a need to rush. This need may not necessarily be due to a certain event, but rather it could be the way you have conditioned each moment, trying to complete everything at a minimal time, hence forging a rushing mind. Usually, for such a mind, time seems to always be going against it. The complaint of not enough time is the classic case of a mind that rushes.
Many depression cases are a result of a certain mind state that has long been ignored, unchecked and unnoticed, hence it proliferates itself to an emotional breakdown. Instead of concluding it is the environment that influences us, it will be useful to explore whether our mind states could be the chief factor in making us what we are.
So it is useful and healthy to check your mind the first thing you wake up in the morning. It is also useful to be aware of your mind before retiring to bed. Hence, giving yourself time to meditate is beneficial. Your mind's health matters. You may not be able to change what you notice but if your attitude is right, you do have a choice in deciding to do what is necessary even though the mind may tell you otherwise.
It is this which makes the practice of awareness or mindfulness meditation a necessity in our daily living. Awareness of our mind makes it an object of our checking so that any present mind-state do not taint or influence our decision making.
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