Monday, 17 February 2020

THE ART OF LISTENING


THE ART OF LISTENING

THE ART OF LISTENING
MOST MEMORABLE LISTENING IN LIFE
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Have you ever wondered if there is any art of listening? 

And in fact, what is the difference between hearing and listening?

What exactly is the role played by applying the art of listening in our daily life?

And what is the scope of application of the art of listening?

How it will help us to achieve the desired transformation in life?

Do you know that you can listen to your body?

And your mind?

Or does your mind listen to you?

So many interesting questions, isn't it?

Well, this article is on the significant wisdom learnt while finding the answers to the above questions and their practical applications in our life. This helps one to live daily with ease, comfort, meaningfully in a significant manner on the path of living a fulfilled life.


THE ART OF LISTENING



Generally one gets confused between the process of hearing and listening.

Merriam-Webster defines hearing as the "process, function or power of perceiving sound; specifically : the special sense by which noises and tones are received as stimuli".

Listening, on the other hand, means "to pay attention to sound, to hear something with thoughtful attention; and to give consideration."


You might often have heard the comments from your near and dear ones- like 'You are not listening to me!'

It is interesting to know that -
  1. Hearing and Listening uses both the ears.
  2. Hearing is receiving sound waves through ears while listening means hearing and understanding what we have heard.
  3. Hearing is part of the five senses, while listening is a choice to hear and analyze what we hear.
  4. Hearing is using our ears only, while listening is using our body's other senses
  5. Listening is observing other's behavior that can add meaning to the message, while hearing is simply receiving sound vibrations.
  6. .Listening can build better relationship with others while hearing can not.
  7. Take good care of our ears. Because we cannot listen when we cannot hear.
(Source: differencebetween.net)


THE ART OF LISTENING -THE MEANING


We all  have heard the popular phrases -like the Art of Living- the Art of Dying- the Art of Thinking for Better Life - the Art of Reading  for achieving Life Transformation and so on. 

When we face inevitable challenges in life,we find certain processes hard and cumbersome, boring, needing hard work and continuous efforts to meet them. 

At such times, we wonder if at all there is any art of doing the same.  

Because learning the required art makes the whole exercise easy and comfortable and even enjoyable. For example, cycling.

What is the art of listening?- The need to understand.

The purpose is to understand the art, learn and apply the same for our own advantage to make our own life easy and comfortable while achieving our purpose to achieve the sense of fulfillment in life. 

Know what. we hear so many sounds using our hearing sense.  And our ears are open to all kinds of sounds.  Like eyes, we cannot open and close our ears for selecting purpose.  I mean, we cannot open our ears to listen to the only desired and selected sounds.  Nor we can close our ears to stay away from the undesired sounds. 

The effective way is to listen to only those sounds which we desire and need to in the process of achieving our purpose.

Here the process of listening plays important role.  And understanding the art of listening  enables us to exercise option of applying our ability to listen only to the meaningful, significant and valued sounds having potentials to make our life easy, comfortable, meaningful on the path of achieving fulfillment in life. 

And that is achieving overall transformation in life.



The Art of Listening
THE ART OF LISTENING KEENLY
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Have you ever wondered as to how many different kinds of approaches are involved when you listen to others?

Let us see. 

If you observe carefully, you will find that when you listen to some body, you -
  • have decided to do so
  • are determined to listen
  • stop talking
  • are alert to listen
  • try to make the speaker to feel at ease and open up
  • avoid disturbances
  • concentrate at what  the speaker has to say
  • avoid impatience
  • show your concern with what the speaker has to say
  • show your empathy
  • have open mindedness 
  • listen to the central ideas
  • interpret the tone of the speaker
  • are likely to know the  hidden messages of the speaker
(Source: The 10 principles of listening)


THE ART OF LISTENING - ITS IMPORTANCE

We can understand and draw inferences of what is said only when we  listen to what is stated. 

If we are not careful while listening, we are likely to miss what is being communicated.  In this sense, effective listening is essential for effective communication. 

And failure to do so, leads to misunderstanding and wrong interpretation of the messages being communicated, and wrong decisions based on that.

THE ART OF LISTENING- ADVANTAGES

Listening with patience enables us to -
  • understand the problems being discussed
  • understand the exact needs of the speaker
  • work on the probable solutions to the problems
  • command respect from others
  • build good relationship with others
  • attract others eager to share and discuss their problems.

THE ART OF LISTENING- RESULTS OF POOR LISTENING 

Poor listening may result in -
  • taking things for granted
  • misunderstanding
  • errors in judgments
  • wrong decisions
  • harming mutual trust

THE ART OF LISTENING- SIGNS OF A GOOD LISTENER

You are a good listener if you -
  • pay full attention while listening
  • keep eye contact with the speaker
  • do not interrupt the speaker 
  • listen with keen interest
  • try to avoid looking at some thing else more interesting while listening
I remember one cartoon showing annual get together of alumni of a famous college, sitting engrossed in their own mobiles and ignoring the old friends.

THE ART OF LISTENING-  for security purpose and political gains.

The Govt. security agencies do not hesitate to listen to the telephonic conversations of the potential secret agents of the  enemy nation in national security point of view.

In the democratic countries, during election campaign, phone tapping is normal phenomena the ruling party resort to. And there are lot of  heated debates during the election period waning out in due course.

THE ART OF LISTENING


As mentioned above, having understood the meaning and significance of the art of listening next important step is to implement the same in our own daily life.  

Because only knowledge is not sufficient. It must be practiced in real life.  

This makes our life easy, comfortable. This also enables us to make optimum utilization of the  important resources viz. time, money and human resources.

And the result achieved will essentially be associated with our life connected with the external world.

THE ART OF LISTENING TO THE BODY AND MIND

Now let us consider the subtle aspects of the art of listening.

Have you ever listened to your body while indulging in your favorite dish? 

One serve, and you desire to have one more, and one more and one more. The craving is tempting and insatiable. 

But at one stage your body says, enough now !  Please, stop now, for God's sake. 

Do you listen to what your body says? 

Or you listen to what your mind says asking for more and fulfill the desire?

And you know what happens, if you do not listen to your body? 

Upset stomach, bloating, indigestion and so on. In short,  you face the consequences at body level.

THE ART OF LISTENING TO THE INNER VOICE

Here, the question arises as to what about the internal world?

The world we live in is the way it has been and it will remain so for ever.  

The only thing we must be aware of is that it is our own responsibility to receive minimum damage in the world we live in.

For this, another important aspect of the art of listening must be understood. And that is one must listen to own inner voice i.e. sarasar vivek (power of discretion).

It is our experience that while indulging in some interesting acts, we often feel that the thing we are doing at the moment should not be done because it is wrong, unethical, amoral and unnatural. 

But still we yield to temptations to do so because of the desires dominating our minds - because of the interests, passions, craziness and of course vested interests involved. 

For this reason, we are unable to listen to our own inner voice.  

And the result is inevitable downfall in our own life, leading to a miserable life. 

And consequently we face sadness, frustration, depression, isolation, inferiority complex, and even mental disorders and misery in the life.

This sarasar vivek enables us to understand various important polarities in our life - like truth and untruth, right and wrong, moral and amoral, ethical and unethical, justice and injustice, and so on. And the life is full of polarities.

This understanding of polarities in life enables us to make right choice before making decisions in our daily life.

Not only that, this knowledge  builds confidence in us to accept the consequences of our own right decision making.

Therefore, the art of listening plays vital role in our life, directing us to move on the path of attaining peace of mind and fulfillment in life.

In short,we must understand that the art of listening enables us to-
  • live our life with peace of mind, ease, and significantly meaningful.
  • discover happiness instead of running after fulfilling of our desires one after another.
  • ignore peripheral things and pay attention to the core issues.
  • prioritize our desires to be fulfilled.
  • choose properly when to pay attention to the desires, body and mind.
  • differentiate between our body, mind and spirit.

THE ART OF LISTENING 

Let us not forget that for applying this Art of Listening in our daily life requires strong determination, strict discipline and a lot of personal sacrifices in the life. 

And having applied the same in daily life, the fulfillment achieved in the life is sustainable for a longer duration.

If we are serious to live life lightly, easily and comfortably, well, applying the art of listening in daily life will surely help us to realize it.

Friends, do not forget to comment on this article. 

Thanks for reading!

Next time......

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

LIFE TRANSFORMATION

LIFE TRANSFORMATION


Life Transformation
LIFE TRANSFORMATION
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Life transformation


You are right! Life Transformation is challenging, yet very interesting to engage with.
Ultimately it some thing worth to achieve in our own life.

This article explains the meaning of Life Transformation, its significance, the possible hurdles on the path to achieve the same, the secrets that can be practically adapted.

Life transformation


Nature of life varies from individual to individual.  Primarily, life is commanded by the four  natural instincts of life - Food, Survival, Procreation and Sleep. These are basic characteristics of animal life, no doubt. And being at the next level of evolution we always seek some thing beyond and above these basic instincts.   This is reflected in the fact that  we human being always try to seek, express, and share happiness with others on the path of fulfillment in life. 

And achieving fulfillment in life itself is not the ultimate goal.  Even having achieved the fulfillment in life, one faces the problem of what next?

And this path is built on various stages of transformations in our life.  And achieving each stage  in  life  is the most difficult yet rewarding phenomena  of transformation in life.




Life transformation


Change and Transformation- The Difference


Change in our own actions is brought about by using external factors - for example, academic, financial and social status etc. With respective abilities one can bring about a change in life.


We often use to say "Oh, yes, I am fed up with this routine life. Need some change." For this purpose, at least once in a year, we plan grand tour, odyssey, pilgrimage,quest, safari, excursion etc. 



In the corporate world also, training camps, seminars, conferences are arranged  to provide their employees   some sort of change from their routine life to ensure their vigor is maintained to keep them engaged in their tasks fruitfully.

Transformation is related to essentially positive aspects that involves identifying, adopting, and modifying own beliefs and bringing them in practice to achieve significant results in own attitude and behavior and consequently overall up-gradation and ease in our life.


Transformation also indicates holistic improvement in our  attitude, approach and experiences of own life.

We often learn the wisdom that it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their kids are raised in such a manner that they are placed in life at higher levels - that of educational, professional, social, financial, family and so on. And that this is a significant step in achieving fulfillment in life.

Likewise, we must learn the wisdom that it is the responsibility of every individual to seek transformation in own life for achieving that coveted  sense of fulfillment in life.



Life transformation


When Does One Realizes the Need to Transform own Life?


Life is very challenging.   Being  too much engaged in tackling day to day life makes one unaware of the things other than those he is engaged with in own daily life.  Consequently, one is inclined to believe that life means only those things he experiences and feels on daily basis. And that there is nothing beyond and above that.

Many occasions, one feels that in spite of having every thing in life, - good education, job,lovely spouse, children,wealth,, there is some thing lacking in life.


Even there are individuals who have made enormous wealth in life, they wonder what to do with this wealth?  They are also worried that their wealth should not fall in wrong hands.  And that they must do some thing to ensure that this wealth be applied for some charity works.  Yet, they are not sure what to do? Whom to consult?


And thus, a stage is reached when questions like "Why Life Does Not Make Any Sense?"  "Why Life Does Not Have Happy Moments only?" arise in the mind.


This is what is known as spiritual awakening.  At this stage, one starts searching for ways to get connected with the divine universal force.


And one starts thinking for better life.


At this stage, a seeker is born. This is a stage when an individual is determined to transform his own life and starts searching the effective ways for achieving the same.



Life transformation


How Long It Takes To Transform our own Life?


In the contemporary lifestyle, every one wants instant result.  But if one is serious about achieving transformation in life, it is advisable better not to expect instant results on this challenging path.

In this challenging exercise, discarding old undesired habits and replacing them by new desired habits is inevitable.  And we know very well, old habits die hard.


Achieving transformation in life involves our own determination, consisting of putting efforts to bring about transformation by way of identifying and modifying  life values and practicing them in daily life  as also many personal sacrifices related to our old habits, temptations, shortcuts.  


We must not forget that transformation achieved by sheer hard work,  personal sacrifices is sustained for a longer period.


When we achieve transformation in our life, it also brings about significant transformation in the life of our near and dear ones.  This is reflected in the standard of living, extent of peace of mind, happy and healthy atmosphere in the family, being connected with own near and dear ones and that coveted feeling of always being in touch with the divine universal force which a religious person addresses as God.



What is Internal Transformation?


Identifying  the old, outdated  and unwanted beliefs and values in life and replacing them by newly identified beliefs and values in life that are essentially helpful in bringing about the desired transformation in life is what is internal transformation. This internal transformation guides one's thought pattern, the nature of our behavioral attitude.



How Internal Transformation is Connected with External Transformation?


Our beliefs and life values are build up right from our childhood. And our thinking and behavioral attitude is based on these beliefs and life values.  And the same is reflected in our actual behaving in our day today life.

When internal transformation happens, external transformation naturally takes place without any deliberated attempts from our side.



How To Maintain Ideal Life?


The secret of an ideal life is having a perfectly healthy life. Let us see what is a perfectly healthy life.


Healthy life indicates -



  • sound physical health
  • sound mental health
  • spiritual progress

Physical Health is most important. We must remember- Health is Wealth!

For this, sufficient exercise is needed - Surya Namaskara (sun salutation), morning walk, Pranayama, breathing exercises, asanas (postures) etc.

One must be aware of-

  • own diet - both quality and quantity.  We must eat at least four morsels less than actually required. 
  • half the capacity of the stomach should be filled with solids, a quarter of the capacity with liquids and the rest be left empty for the free movement of gases.

Mental health is equally important but unfortunately not much attention is paid to the same.We need to be careful what we feed our mind.  We must be extra-careful of each and every media our mind is exposed to. It means we must be cautious about what we feed our mind while engaging in activities like reading, watching tv, surfing the internet etc.

For this purpose, one must know what is mental bath and its importance to maintain healthy mind.



We must remember  that healthy mind ensures healthy body.
Spiritual Progress- About spiritual practice one becomes aware late in life, say in fifties plus.  One should get awareness of the same at the earliest to achieve progress on the path of spirituality which is a step to achieve fulfillment in life.

What are the signs of perfect health?


According to me, a person can be said to have optimal health status if he -

  • is able to follow the basic instincts of life - ahaara, nidra, bhaya, maithuna (ie food, sleep, survival and procreation) effectively.
  • has ability to feel happiness and express happiness.
  • is not dependent on medicines on regular basis.
  • has a healthy mind.
  • is independent both mentally and physically.
  • has ability to engage himself in positive acts.
  • does not need help from others.
  • is able to help others.
  • is able to go to sleep at the scheduled time and to get up in the morning as he decides.
  • once having awakened in the morning does not simply spend time lying in the bed.
  • exercises his mind control to have optimum level of food and sleep.

Having ensured perfect health, next step is self-realization.  This process has strong analogy with the modern management technique of SWOT analysis.  

Generally, every one  does not understand the concept of self awareness. So let me explain in detail.

Awareness simply means being aware of things we are connected with, (mostly outwardly things).

In day-today activities, one interacts with the things both he knows and knows nothing. Yoga Nidra, in this context, introduces this self awareness very effectively. And one feels really amazed having so many internal organs, systems, that generally one is not even aware of!

It is an interesting fact that while playing our thumb gets hurt and we suddenly become aware of the existence of our thumb.  Till then, we are not even aware of this reality.

In short, unless some thing happens, we do not become aware of the related things.

For effective and easy daily interactions one must be aware of one's self (self aware) and also aware of the things one is interacting with.

One interesting example is giving respect - we do respect people on different counts - due to authority of the person, due to the person's status -family,social, political and so on - due to the person's muscle power etc.

It is interesting to mention that generally we are aware of other's  potential strength to cause harm to us. And hence we are on the alert while interacting with such people.

At the same time, we also must be aware of own strength, weaknesses, potentials before deciding to enter into any kind of interaction with others.

Therefore, it is essential to develop self awareness.


At this stage, the seeker starts making self inquiry such as -

  • What am doing? 
  • What is my potential strength? 
  • How can I develop them? 
  • How can I apply them in daily life? 
  • What are my weaknesses? 
  • How can I eliminate them? 
  • Why I am restless? 
  • What are the causes thereof which should be overcome? 
  • Where can I get proper guidance for the same? 
  • Should I look inward or outward? 
  • What is transformation in life? 
  • How can I achieve it?


Life transformation


What Are Possible Steps For Achieving Transformation in Life?


Following steps are promising-

  • Self Analysis.
  • Understanding and accepting the need for having transformation in life.
  • Have determination of achieving transformation in life.
  • Identifying the values and beliefs presently one is holding.
  • Analyzing them vis-a-vis their practicality in the life.
  • Identifying the values and beliefs that need to be discarded.
  • Identifying the values and beliefs that need to be accepted and practiced. 
  • Identifying and tapping the sources of information that will strengthen the newly adopted values and beliefs. For this, a seeker can come across various books on the subject- for example -  Get Savvi, Inner Engineering by Sadhguru, What If This is Heaven?, IkigaiIn fact, there are a number of books available on the subject significant for able readers.
  • Engaging oneself in the meaningful company of sources of wisdom - they can be a spiritual Guru, Books, Old Scriptures (which one should not ignore in an attempt of projecting own image of being a modern fellow).  Quality reading. The purpose is to hammer our own mind with the thoughts, values and beliefs that are going to play important role in achieving transformation in life.
  • One must not forget that acquiring knowledge when implemented becomes wisdom. And wisdom learnt must be practiced in life on the path of seeking transformation.
  • Persuasiveness and consistency in putting efforts therefor is of paramount importance. There should not be lethargy in this respect. In fact, one should be merciless in this respect.
  • Must discard old, unwanted (bad)habits and replace them by the required and supportive habits that will support one's own mission of achieving transformation in life.
  • Be prepared for personal sacrifices in the form of luxury, convenience and other such temptations.
  • Have patience.  It is not instant coffee.  Wait till the right and appropriate time.
  • Go step by step.  There is no short cut in the path of achieving transformation in life.
  • Do not insist on a Guru in the external world.  One can find the best Guru in own self.
  • One must practice strict self-discipline.
  • Set the proper goals.
  • Adopt the proper way for achieving the set goals.



Life transformation


What are the Possible Hurdles on the Path of  Achieving Transformation in Life


When one becomes seeker of achieving transformation in life, it is better to be aware of the possible hurdles on the path of achieving transformation in life.


  • Lack of determination and preparation.
  • Lack of hard work.
  • Lack of preparedness to go through sacrifices of personal liking.
  • Old undesirable habits.
  • Succumbing to the temptations in life.
  • Failure to identify proper ideal life values.
  • Failure to adhere to the discipline in life.
  • Being too liberal to the self in relaxing the newly acquired practices.
  • Allowing the self to become topic of the town regarding seeking transformation in life.
  • Failure to engaging the self in the company of wisdom in the form of quality reading,and tv, internet and social media.
  • Failure to identify the peripheral things and ignoring the things at the center.
  • Having misconceptions - like trying shortcut to success.  This is due to lack of sarasar vivek ie power of discretion. Remember- Goals achieved with hard work, personal sacrifices, are sustainable in the long run. 

Whatever written above is out of my own personal life experiences (and that of others also), observation, learning  (this is a continuous process) and being particular to practice the wisdom learnt in the life.

If a common man like me can do this much, any body can do the same easily.

My ardent and able readers are most welcome to read, share this article in any form/social media with their near and dear ones.

Readers are requested to comment on this article to enable me to improvise further.  I know it is a continuous process.

Thanks.

Next time .......



Tuesday, 12 November 2019

ART OF THINKING FOR BETTER LIFE

ART OF THINKING 


Art of Thinking 

For Better Life


Art of Thinking
THINKING EFFECTIVELY


THINKING EFFECTIVELY
THINKING EFFECTIVELY

Art of Thinking


Meaning of thinking as given in the dictionary is a process of considering or reasoning about some thing.

Thinking is a natural function characteristic of mind. 

This process of thinking by mind  is a continuous one  regarding the world being perceived and the relations with others. 

The art of thinking for better life
 A LABORER
The art of thinking for better life
A TIRED LABORER
A worker is compensated with a meager daily earning, though facing risk of accidents.


The art of thinking for better life


A speaker is compensated with an honorarium.

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The art of thinking for better life


A professional thinker gets  annul package of millions though working in an air conditioned corporate environment. 

Art of Thinking


Our sense organs cannot be expected to stop their function, for whatever reasons. Similarly,our mind cannot be expected to stop thinking. Because thinking is a continuous natural process except while in sleep.

Experts have estimated that the mind is engaged in thinking about 70,000 thoughts a day.  The average works out to around 3000 thoughts per hour. 

The art of thinking for better life
TOO MUCH THINKING !


Art of Thinking


The origin of thoughts may be interests, attaining vested interests, judging objects and relations, planning and proper planning, coordination of the resources for execution and so on. 

Besides, there are thoughts which are  good for nothing. Or thoughts which are harmful not only to the individual but also to the human kind.

The guiding force in this entire process is the mind which uses the five sense organs as means to perceive the world around that includes objects and relationships.

The  main factor that activates this process is the basic instincts of life ie food, sleep, survival and procreation.

And the intensity of thinking depends on the importance given to the above basic instincts. Take for example, food.  There are vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan foods. We also know that there are different types of cuisines depending on the geographical locations.  And the modifications and additions is a continuous process.

The art of thinking for better life
VEGETARIAN FOOD
The art of thinking for better life
NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD

The art of thinking for better life
VEGAN FOOD
The next stage is achieving vested interests. Consider a case of bank robbery or for that matter any criminal plot.  We can imagine how much planning work is involved - and of course, the required thinking.

When we hear some thing about criminal plots, we can imagine the extent to which the process of thinking is involved, not only by criminal elements but also the law enforcing agencies.

The art of thinking for better life
CRIMINAL PLOT

Art of Thinking 


The further stage is seeking,expressing and sharing happiness in life. Our most of the thinking process is aimed at this achievement.

The art of thinking for better life
 SEEKING, FEELING, EXPRESSING AND SHARING HAPPINESS

The Art of Thinking 

We  human being always seek happiness in life.  Unfortunately we are unaware of the significance of discovering happiness in small little things in life.

Naturally, for seeking happiness, lot of thinking is involved besides the hard work and personal sacrifices as also time factor involved. 

And  feeling of happiness, expressing, and sharing with our near and dear ones leads to achieving our fulfillment in life.

The art of thinking for better life
HAPPINESS EXPRESSED AND SHARED

Art of Thinking 

Readers can easily recall the experience of having palpitation even at the thought of suddenly seeing, speaking and touching the opposite gender friend, who had a special status in their heart. And yes, that was treated as the most romantic feelings !

But as we grow in age, this palpitation is interpreted in a different way. And it can have health implications.

Why  the art of thinking deserves importance in our life?

By developing and applying this art of thinking one can live  better life.

I remember while I was learning motor driving, we were four students of various ages, teenage to a senior person in his sixties.  Initially we were very tense.  On the first day, I could see sweat drops tickling down the back of the neck of each student driver.  Even I felt all my muscles tensed and sweat tickling down on the back of my neck.  But after a few sessions, we picked up the ease and comfort to be able to converse normally with one other and the instructor.

Similarly, while learning riding a bicycle, initially we feel it is the bicycle that is riding us. But gradually we learn to ride and control the bicycle with ease and command.

This is typically learning a skill that becomes perfect with practice.

If we understand any process we are concerned, with error and trial, we  develop a skill for that.  And application of such well developed perfect skill enables accomplishment of the process in an efficient, flawless and a smooth manner that too with ease and comfort. It becomes as good as a reflex action.

Having realized the significance of  need to developing  skill of optimum thinking,  ie neither too much nor too less,  applying the same in own life is an art of thinking.

Art of Thinking 

Thinking  needs a lot of energy and one gets exhausted too much. Therefore, we must take care to avoid unnecessary thoughts for saving  mind energy.

The unnecessary thoughts are mostly related to our own past and future.  The thoughts related to the past are comparisons and complaints and those related to the future are worries.

If these thoughts are avoided and mind allowed to get engaged only to the present, huge energy is saved that could be applied in fruitful thinking. Additionally, peace of mind is assured.

Another aspect is that different thoughts come in mind one after the other.  To avoid this, the method of concentration is advised.  While concentrating, our mind is engaged only with the concentrated object.

The art of thinking for better life
CONCENTRATION

Art of Thinking 

Continuous engagement of mind in thinking leads to agitation of mind.  And agitated mind has negative impact on physical health. This leads to concerns for our near and dear ones also.

Therefore,while giving importance to own physical health we must equally be cautious of our mental health.

Our mind is cluttered with so many thoughts which are useless, aimless, unnecessary, undesired and load of burden.  Therefore, we must remove all such burden on our mind.

The art of thinking for better life
CLUTTERED THINGS
For this reason, we must take de-cluttering action regularly so that our mind is not engaged in unnecessary thinking process. And thus ensure that our mind is clean, light, healthy and free. 

Therefore, it becomes important to develop  the art of thinking for better life.


The art of thinking for better life
Too much thinking ?


For this, we must try to -
  • provide rest and relief to our mind
The art of thinking for better life
Real Freedom

  • minimize our thought process
The art of thinking for better life
Is it necessary to think on this topic?

  • find the ways and means to ensure we have peace of mind.

The art of thinking for better life
PEACE OF MIND

  • stop any thoughts entering our mind.
For this, chanting of mantras is advised. 

The art of thinking for better life
ROSARY *

Art of Thinking

I was once listening to a discourse on YouTube by Swami Anubhavanand Saraswatiji explaining the method of chanting of God's name.

Chanting of God's name should be like enjoying a chocolate, he said. 

While speaking on the art of thinking, he gave analogy of  chewing a chocolate.  We enjoy it. And we do not simply eat it. Like chocolate, we should enjoy chanting name of God.  He even demonstrated right method of chanting.  He explained that after reciting once, when a thought tries to enter our mind, we should chant the name of God again.  Any thought is thus prevented from entering our mind.   By practice, the duration of 'no thoughts in mind'  can be increased gradually. 


The significance is that by this practice, energy of mind is saved considerably that can be made available for fruitful essential thinking. 

Also this optimum activity enables our mind to become alert, more active, full of enthusiasm that further enables  utilizing vast potentials of our mind.

Another method suggested by Swami Anubhavanand Saraswaitji was to stop using words while thinking and see what happens.  I tried and found that mind instantly becomes empty. It is very surprising. Try it!

  • meditation is another effective way wherein one reaches the stage of no mind no thoughts. As explained by Swami Anubhavanand Saraswatiji, meditation should happen and no efforts should be needed for that.
The art of thinking for better life
MEDITATION THAT HAPPENS, NOT DONE !

Now, having understood the basic idea of the art of thinking and its significant potentiality to achieve a better life, it is in our own interest to develop and implement the same in practice to realize better life, before advising about it to others.

And we must not forget that simply reading and learning is not enough !

Because learning from experience is wisdom.  And such wisdom if not practiced and simply advised to others turns in to philosophy which is just worth discussing.


Art of Thinking 


Dear readers, I am sure, you must have found this article significant and helpful. And that you, having learnt about this, may find further your own ways to apply the same on the path of desired transformation in life.

And this learning and practicing wisdom in life is a continuous process. 

Next time ........


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THE ART OF LISTENING

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