The essence of meditation: “Live your life, moment by moment.”

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People often mistake meditation as a religious act. It is imperative to demystify this common misconception about meditation. Meditation has got nothing to do with any God or religious entity. It is an astonishing fact that even in this modern age, the majority of us are not willing to approach meditation with an open mind. Such beliefs can act as huge roadblocks in harnessing the true benefits of this life-changing technique.

On a fundamental level, meditation is a straightforward activity that everyone of us can do anywhere and at any time. Why? Because the essence of meditation is “moment-by-moment awareness”. Yes! That’s the core idea of meditation. All those paid courses, mobile apps, and all those YouTube videos teach this essence explicitly or implicitly.

Let’s see what “moment-by-moment awareness” means. For instance, try this exercise: “when you walk, only walk”. Try consciously to be aware of those sensations under your feet, the movements of your leg muscles and the temperature of the ground below your feet. It is of utmost importance that you concentrate on the feeling and not on the thoughts passing through your mind. Reading this, some might ask, “we are already busy, why should we waste our time paying attention to all these silly things while walking? Instead, why don’t we think of something more useful such as tomorrow’s homework or meeting with the boss or something more important?” Well, if that’s what keeps you happy and brings out your best version, please go ahead and don’t waste your time reading this! Anyway, in my opinion, such people who try to do multitasking or keep themselves busy doing something without being present are the ones who are quickly getting frustrated or tensed.

Of course, there is nothing wrong to think while walking. But the key idea I am trying to express is about practicing a lifestyle where you appreciate each and every moment in your life, whether it seems good or bad. This is about watching your regular actions from a different perspective; this is about being aware at this moment, effortlessly; this is about doing only one thing at a time. I am pretty sure that if you genuinely try such simple exercises, you will definitely find such activities exceptional and joyful. You will feel things in ways you have never felt before. Over time, such practices naturally equip yourself to appreciate every instance of life. It trains you to provide undivided attention towards a task at work effortlessly. Once you realize that you can ‘meditate’ even while walking without compelling yourself to sit quietly and focusing on the breath, you have captured the essence of meditation.

“Hey life, you take the breath out of me…”

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(Contributed by an anonymous author who doesn’t want to reveal his identity.)

Dear friend,
That moment of bliss when you become one with your surroundings, you lose even the tiniest bit of importance in the grand scheme of things. Your existence no longer matters when you learn the answer to the eternal question, ” Why is there something rather than nothing”. You realize there is nothing but a dance to the rhythm of the most beautiful symphony embodying love. You become the ultimate romantic in a world where the rules of cause and effect don’t hold. You will sense the transcending beauty in the innate randomness of the spontaneous events occurring all around you.

I guess this is where I become realistic and get to the point. I have never experienced any of these life-changing blissful moments. This is the image that my unimaginative, dull conscious brain conjured up while trying to think of a possible alternative reality that could give substance to our existence. Look around you and sense the beauty in everything from the raindrop dripping along with the window grill to something as intangible as human emotions and I don’t think you can come up with a worse image that can portray our reality.

Many religious texts have provided much better portrayals of the eternal bliss in which you will be bestowed with wings, harps, a hell of a lot of virgins and what not. Alas, I wish I could come up with something as vibrant and imaginative as this. But the problem with the conscious brain is that it has an irritatingly efficient filtering mechanism that will not let you be happy with these enchanting eternal life after death scenarios. Our brain’s filtering mechanism works based on a set of beliefs deeply ingrained into our subconscious. For instance, I believe our ability to empathize with someone stems from our decisions (or free will as some people would like to call it) as much as it does from a natural physiological origin. So, any versions of reality in which your brain’s anatomy governs your love and compassion towards your fellow beings don’t go well with me. In fact, I can’t believe in any sort of reality in which my existence is given undue significance.

So, here is me hoping you and me will one day be able to appreciate this breathtakingly beautiful life in its all glory. If I live to take the next breath, I assure you, I will tell you about it in even more detail.

A Mind and a Car: An analogy

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You know how a car moves. It takes a lot of force and effort for an engine to start the car and then accelerate. It takes a lot of fuel during this acceleration process. After a while, when it acquires the desired momentum, it needs very less power from the engine. But then the air resistance and ground friction come into play. So if the engine provides no power to push the car forward, finally it is going to be stopped. These are the details we all know. But then have you ever thought that our mind works similar to a car?

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How religion bends our thinking ability?

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A few days back, I was in a friendly debate with one of my best friends. As usual, it was about the existence of God. He made this statement, ‘”Our eyes have a limitation in seeing objects. It can’t see smaller things beyond an extent. Our ears are also limited so that we can only hear in the frequency interval, 20Hz to 20kHz. In fact, all our sense organs are limited by certain boundaries. So is the brain. Our brain has limitations. So you are incapable of understanding the existence of God because your brain has not yet gone beyond your limitation.”

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Time to be smart: ‘Fact’, ‘Law’, ‘Hypothesis’ and ‘Theory’ in Science.

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I watched a youtube video recently wherein
Dr Zakeer Naik says to a bright medical student that a theory in science will become law/fact after testing and evaluating it using scientific methods over time. I got shocked listening to this nonsense. There is no wonder when a religious person says something like this because the lack of scientific knowledge can lead him to the highest level of misconceptions (I know people who still believe that Earth is the centre of the universe! yes. They exist!). Instead, why I got shocked was because he is educated scientifically and has earned an MBBS degree. It seems that there is a lot of people out there who have confusions about differences between terms such as fact, law, hypothesis, and theory. I believe that at least people who do science should know the differences. Otherwise, a lot of misconceptions will lead them to believe in absurdities. So here we are…

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Overthinking and worries: A few notes

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A few days back, we were planning to go for a movie, and suddenly one of my friends raised her concern, “I am not coming. The road would be fully crowded, I hate it. I can’t handle it.” I exclaimed, “But you have come many times before.” Her reply made me write this post. She replied, “When I am on the road, I will somehow handle it. But when I think about walking through the rush, I really get frustrated. Next time you book my ticket and tell me only just before we go. At least I worry only for a short time. Now I don’t know whether I can sleep tonight, I will be worrying about this all the time till we reach the mall!”

This a good example of over-thinking and related worries. She was worrying about the hectic road. Reason for her concerns seem silly at first, but it can go beyond.

There are other examples such as worrying about the health of our relatives, expecting adverse incidents in life etc. If we see a road accident unexpectedly, we suddenly call our dearest one and make sure he/she is safe. These are all a few examples of worries and over-thinking, which are common in the general population. Continue reading “Overthinking and worries: A few notes”

On the uncertainity of explanations: Religion vs Science

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Once my friend, who is a believer of a set of religious rules, said “I don’t believe in science because it says something now and it says something else later. It’s so uncertain.”
I replied “Hold on a second. So you believe in statements which never change? Good… And do you even bother to think that your statements itself are correct? Well, I guess you follow them just because they never seem to be changed. Pathetic..”

Productivity vs Creativity: And how do they merge?

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There was always a conflict alive within my thoughts about the concept of productivity and creativity. By default, I never liked the word productivity, since it is a typical multinational cooperate word which is generally used by big bosses to multiply their production efficiency and profit acquirement. So I hated to be productive! Whenever someone says me to be productive, I couldn’t just tolerate. Instead, I wanted to be creative. But then I knew that this requires “discipline” of some sort, which is again seemed to be a close relative of the word “productivity”. Also, I had a vague thought that these two concepts might have some obscure connection. Anyway, I couldn’t do my work for a long time satisfactorily since I failed to figure out the bridge between productivity and creativity. I always ended up with some thought-loops in which I trapped myself pathetically. Basically, I needed to know how productivity and creativity are related so that I could do some work peacefully. This may not make sense to many of you, but .. what to say, that was how I felt then. It took a long time to get some underlying prin Continue reading “Productivity vs Creativity: And how do they merge?”

Not practical? Why?

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People sometimes say: “No. It’s just not practical. Don’t do it.”

Most of the time, these words can withdraw us from accomplishing great things by inducing the sense of impracticality. One thing these people generally forget is, whatever is “practical” today was not “practical” before. See a few examples:
Gandhi: When the entire world followed the fast and practical violent methods to get freedom, he showed how to get it through peaceful, non-violent, persistent struggle. It was easy for him to think that his techniques would never work practically.

Detachment and eternal happiness

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Key: Detach from everything and everyone.
This doesn’t mean that you have to lead a solitary life of a saint. You could possess your current personality with an added advantage of eternal happiness. You will never get derailed, disappointed or diverted because of the actions of others. Why? Because you enjoy everything but never get involved in anything; you really don’t care what others think since you are independent and you don’t need any shoulders to stand.
Note: Detachment reveals your real character. This favours you, to be honest in relations and make violent progress in your work because you never expect anything from anyone in return; you just do things.