Mind Sutra

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR 

We all go through life like waves over matter, or slow, measured upsurges — a form of precise, or inventive, transformation. This is part of our time and space continuum. It defines us and contextualises our existence — of who we are, as self-regulating, independent entities, with each of us being as distinctive as our signature, or fingerprint.

This is the simile of our being too — it underlines our mindfulness, existence and thinking process, including the diversity of our evolution. Call it the self-effacing, abundant element of life, or what you may, despite the fact that most of us live more in our heads, rather than in the totality of our being.

It is a given that when we do not hold on to the light, or completeness, of our being, we are not whole — the sum of the parts and part of the whole. We remain disconnected, with no connexion to our own self, or others.

We can, if only we are willing, change the whole context, or essence, of it without much ado — what all this calls for is not rocket science, but the simple resonance of what we already know for nurturing the sum total of our being, while connecting ourselves more to our mind, body, and soul. This is because our life and existence present to us all the elements we can perceive, grasp, or distinguish, within and outside of the endless activity of our mind, or body, if only we listen to them in full measure.

Nature Nurtures

Nature has bestowed us with the aptitude to channelise our own innermost assets to the full — this is a key feature that drives us to engage ourselves through our inner, resident soul, and turn things around from the inside out, whenever required. It is up to us to use this celestial gift to take part in our own gradations of action and creativity — to live well in a dispassionate, accepting manner.

It is this thrusting action behind every action that compels us to doing better, also one’s best, at every step. This uplifting idea works on that vibrant loop called conscious awareness. The result is simple — a strong yen to become explicitly useful to self and also others. This attribute may not so much appeal to most politicians, wherever they are, though — except, perhaps, a Mahatma Gandhi among us — although they often, thanks to their wily verbiage, manage and present themselves as perceptibly ‘useful’ to us, their fellow human beings, even when we, in our own mental compass, or radar, don’t believe one word of it.

There are good people all around, all right, some of them with great individual, or personal, capacities and qualities. They are people with augmented mindfulness — the power to be what they want to be. It is this abundant aspect of mindfulness that places them at the drivers’ seat, as it were. They achieve because they envision and execute what they espouse into action. When you are in their company, you are also raised to a refined level of conscious awareness.

The Progression

This whole progression plays a fundamental role in the conservation of our optimal health and well-being too. However, when there are alterations — positive, or negative — in our consciousness they bring physical, emotional and mental subtexts. From good perception, attitude and harmony to forgetfulness, confusion, loss of sensitivity, as also anxiety and hyperacidity, aside from other functional and systemic disorders, like diabetes and hypertension.

Such functional changes bring in certain implications in every tissue and cell of our body too. This could, in turn, trigger a plethora of cascading secondary effects. The ensuing effect is a wobbly feeling in our activity configuration, or stream of energy. When this subtle variation happens on a chronic footing, it leads to compromised health. This is why the whole process of recovery, or restoration, of health and wellness may, at times, take a long time. The more one gets trapped with long-standing health concerns, the more challenging it is to solving them. The result is protracted therapy, including its inevitable spin-offs — stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s up to us to change, or transform, the trend from the inside out through a constant practice — call it ‘living in your mind’ for a higher purpose, or mindfulness with a purpose.

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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