Clay, when soft and wet, can be moulded into practically anything under the skilful hands of the maker. Yet, when hardened, no further alterations can be made. The nature of our mind is the same. Our hardcore behavioural patterns, our fixated ideas, our way of perceiving situations are the results of what we have developed over the years with our minds.
Contrary to the belief that what we are is shaped by the environment we live in, the mind is actually moulded by how it reacts to each and every situation. The behavioural nature of the mind arises out of repetitive conditioning. The mind is a flexible phenomenon that can take on any ideas, but once it has been conditioned in certain reactive ways, those conditions become a nature of that mind itself. It is near impossible to change them, unless and until wisdom or some kind of right understanding finally takes the lead in the mind.
Hardworking, lazy, kind, selfish, edgy, patience, rigid, flexible, are examples of how our minds can be conditioned, moulded, or trained over a period of time. Inability to deal with stresses, insecurity or even feelings of unworthiness have much to do with how our minds react in a given situation.
To come to that realization and to begin to take responsibility for our own minds, moment to moment, is the purpose of awareness. But more than that, once we are being given the right knowledge about the universal nature of our minds and how it works, awareness will help to bridge what we learned and what we noticed about our minds into a direct understanding. It will no longer be just knowledge told to us but rather an understanding into the way our mind works. This is what meditation is all about.
In this way our unhealthy tendencies, fixated ideas and narrow perceptions can all be directly investigated with awareness and determined to be beneficial, and to be continued with, or unbeneficial, and to be given up, which in the long term will result in a new mould for our minds since the nature of the mind is constantly flexible until conditioned. Thinking of change will not affect the mind since thinking is just a wishful thought, not a real understanding which can truly result in real and lasting change.
You are welcome to join us in the new season of Mindfulness (Awareness) — A Starting Point, where many who have crossed our path have found their lives transformed by what they have learned and developed with their own minds.