A Question Of Balance


Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

It is ironical that enough is not just enough for our information surfeit — that is a part of the frenetic pace of change, where you are living your life, or career, at excess speed. You have two options to be, or not to be — either fasten your seat belt and ride the information shuttle at the speed of thought, or walk out of such entrapped sensory stimuli to give your mind a well-deserved rest.

It is a thin dividing line, indeed — from hectic activity to balance and inner peace. While most corporates pontificate that you ought to maintain work-life, and life-work, balance, they do not often encourage us to do so — except in these most difficult, also tempestuous, COVID-19 times, when you are totally ‘home-bound.’ The paradox also is, most of us are not conscious that we have a choice — although some of us know that we should ‘unplug’ ourselves from the outside world and calm the turbulence in our mind, while reconnecting with our deepest self that is pleading for conscious attention.

Notwithstanding advances in science and technology, a huge dividing wall continues to confront philosophers and mind researchers about the foundations of our active mind and our functioning brain. Most mind scientists extol the idea that the mind is more than a corollary of brain functioning, with a multitude of neurochemicals, or peptides, responsible for each thought and feeling. On the contrary, new advances in consciousness reveal that the mind and consciousness are independent of the brain.

While we all agree that the brain is our key organ of preference, recent developments in brain research suggest that every cell in your body has its own sense of conscious awareness. This is reason why all of us concur that surplus sensory stimulation can lead to sloppy focus, mental exhaustion, abridged decision making, warped communication skills and, possibly, hyperactivity in children, while triggering a stressful state.

The only way you can balance your mind, body, and soul is by taking regular pauses, like moving out of your workspace, when in office, or home, and preventing mental fatigue and reduced productivity, or creativity.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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