That Mindful Connect

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Philosophers aver that conscious awareness cannot exist in the presence of any disconnect with our ‘latent’ unconscious. This is because nothing can relate to our conscious awareness if it did not emanate from the unconscious plane of our consciousness. In other words, when there is some sort of ‘off-putting’ disengagement with our conscious awareness, none of us would be in a position to engage with our self-consciousness. What leads us all to contemplate and associate at a deeper level is our self-consciousness and conscious awareness — they hold the key to the source of our mindful existence and also living.

We all aim to understand and reach a profound level, the core of our consciousness — whatever it means, or connotes, to each of us in our own different modes. When we think of amplified focus as being the prerequisite element to reaching the next level of our being, or quiescent unconscious — like the silicon chip in your electronic gadget — we extend our beliefs to life and existence in the organic sense, while absorbing all of the universe’s mystifying energies and intensities, which also envelop what we do not know yet about oneself, from the inside out, more so at the conscious level. The best part is everything at the unconscious level of our conscious awareness operates without our knowledge, intent, intervention, or control. It also works on its own self-propelled ‘auto-pilot’ pretty instinctively, or even perfunctorily, beyond the precincts of our conscious control, while connecting our mind, body and spirit to every mindful, or bodily, function and vice versa.

Philosophers suggest that our unconscious reaches out to the divine, in myriad ways, because nothing ‘disconnects’ us from the divine. You could call it god, or the ‘god particle.’ The whole premise is entrenched in the sounds and the rhythms of our mind, body and spirit. It is also a part of our intellect — a scaffold, or pillar, that enables us to reach a higher plane, without even knowing what it really, or truly is. This is something that is above science and beneath science — it is actually a celestial incantation, a means to ‘crack’ the code of difficulties, or adversities, that each of us has to willy-nilly go through in the song, drama and jazz of life.

Such metaphors correspond to our materialistic and spiritual connects, no less — this has been a norm since the dawn of time. Just flip through ancient texts, scriptures and studies, and you will relate to their allegories transcribed as life’s lessons in folklore, myths, fables and fairy tales too. They all leave a lasting impression on our mind — like self-hypnosis. This is nothing short of a trance — something all of us connects to and lives with for the higher purposes of our existence. This is also what ‘clues-up’ to and reflects our mind’s eye, while holding its full power to charm us just as much as a fascinating spiritual session with a saintly apostle. It gives a new meaning to living. The result — we emerge from the dance of the shadows and express serenity, quietude, equanimity, optimism and contentment.

It is likely, as some of us would know, that such ‘connects’ do not happen at the drop of a thought. Is there a way out? There is, provided we embrace certain mindful techniques and break ourselves out of the cosset through the conscious practice of yoga and meditation.

Mindfulness celebrates silence. It also connotes happiness — the fundamental form of kinetic energy that gets released from our brain cells. You could call them neuropeptides, or molecules of emotions — a 200-piece symphony representing your own psyche.

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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