When we think of happiness, most of us think of a harmonious life. One where everything slips into place. We have a clear idea of what we want and how we can achieve it. We’re not hampered by ailments or responsibilities and the world feels effortless and enjoyable. In reality, life often feels much more disconnected and disorganised than that. Our mind stretches out in many directions. Worrying about the future, making a list of things we want or have to do, thinking about that awkward conversation earlier that day or worrying about what someone thinks about us. Meanwhile, our body is pretty much ignored, trying it’s best to follow the mind whilst carrying an increasing load of stresses, tensions and injuries. The soul has been left behind a long time ago.
The mind gets far too much priority these days and it’s important to bring the mind back into alignment with the body and soul, so all three can work together. Really, the mind is the administrator for the body and the soul, but our focus on rational thought means we take what the brain thinks much too literally. When we prioritise the mind and relegate the body and soul however, it just feels wrong. We’ve all felt that general malaise of every day life. Nothing is wrong as such, but we’re not happy either. This blog post isn’t going to make that disappear, but asking yourself this question on a regular basis will create a moment where the mind, body and soul are in the same place and equal, so perhaps you can begin the path of further alignment yourself.
“What is here now?”
I first heard this question during a meditation lead by Vidyamala Burch and I was immediately struck by how profound it was. It transported my wandering mind immediately back to the present and the meditation. It also brought a lot of other useful information with it and you can use these as further prompts for the question if they work for you.
This is a useful question to ask during meditation if you realise the mind has wandered and you need to reground yourself. It’s also a useful question to use as a check-in during the day to stop everything spinning out of alignment with the stresses of modern life. Keep asking and keep rebalancing and you will notice a big difference in your overall wellbeing.
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Hope this is useful.