Give your mind a break.

Give your mind a break.

When I began learning Yoga, my teacher suggested I try and meditate for some time. I would grumble about the hundred thoughts that would disturb me each time I tried to do it, but she would advice me to let the thoughts move freely and slowly divert my attention to my breath.

“Just focus on inhaling and exhaling,” she would say, gently.

I tried hard. At times, I would succeed, but for a few minutes.  Most of the times,though,  I would give up my fight with my thoughts and accept defeat. But, it was sometime last year, as I was watching the movie, ‘Zindagi na milegi dobara’, that realisation struck me.

In a scene when Katrina Kaif asks Hrithik Roshan how he found his diving experience, he replied that it “felt like being in a daze – ‘high‘,” he remarked. She grimaced at his choice of  words, and  responded, that diving for her was akin to meditation; it was when she would be completely aware of every breath she took. That had me thinking: What was that one activity, when I was aware of every breath I took, focused on just the activity at hand, and had not a single stray thought that could be deemed useless at that particular hour?

I realised, that it was while writing, working on a sketch or reading, that my mind would be in a state of complete rest. Of course, it would definitely  aid me in focusing on the activity, and help me with ideas. But,  at the end of it all, my mind would feel fresh (like laundry, fresh from the dry-cleaners!).  Funny analogy, I know, but that’s just how it felt, up there!

So, that was what meditation was all about!

Indulging in an activity, when your mind takes a break from the daily grind, repairs itself, and leaves you feeling de-stressed.

Ah! That was pretty  easy! Why hadn’t I thought about it all this while?

As I began concentrating on this new-found knowledge, I realised I found it easier to actually meditate during my Yoga sessions, too. The thoughts would definitely enter (do they have wings that they fly in and out as they wish?). But, all I had to do, was stop indulging them, and concentrate on my breath, on my nostrils, as I inhaled and I exhaled. That’s just what my teacher was trying to tell me!

Giving your mind a complete break from all the thoughts and allowing  it some ‘me-time‘ is so necessary. For our mind. For our sanity.

THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU PRACTICE MINDFULNESS:

Read a book

Draw/paint

Knit/Sew/Crochet

Spend time in the garden

Cook your favourite recipe

Write in your daily journal

Play with your children

Spend time with your pets

De-clutter your wardrobe

Walk/Practice Yoga

Doodle

Fold the laundry

Play an instrument

Sing/dance

 

The list is endless!

Any activity you do, gives you a chance to practice being mindful. All you need to do is be in that moment. That’s meditation! That’s how you give your mind the break it deserves. So, the next time you feel like ‘meditating’, just get down to doing your favourite activity, whatever it may be.  But remember to focus only on your breath and on the activity.  It will be tough, initially, concentrating on the activity and on your breath. But, slowly and steadily, you will get so used to it, that even your busy moments will feel like a session in meditation!

Trust me. I do it. it’s so necessary. But, do take it easy on days you aren’t able to hold it together. We are humans, after all. And, it’s okay to fail. But,  shake away those thoughts after a while. And, get your breath in focus. it is what keeps you alive, isn’t it?

So,  give your mind a break. Mind your mind.

Meditate!

Love,

SHILPA…

 

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