Thursday, December 2, 2010

GNH in Presence of Mind


My niece complains that she forgets mathematic formulas too soon. Then she complains that she cannot memorize definitions of different terms in Biology fast. She says, even if she has understood something, she forgets it. I always advise her to have her mind present exactly on what she is doing. And by that, I mean she has to be mindful. She has to have presence of mind—right there. 

I cannot give meditation instruction and what aim we must have in meditating. I think, what is more important for us is to know how to remain calm, control our emotions, and thus, concentrate in what we do. Obviously, we won’t understand what our teachers teach us, even if he/she repeats it for the tenth time, if our mind is somewhere else, thinking of where we would like to go after school, or who we would like to meet as soon as the bell rings for interval. 

Calmly breathing in and out, concentrating on our breath probably will not enlighten us, but it definitely calms the inner turmoil that our mind goes through with different emotions. Quietly concentrating on our breath, or simply sitting and concentrating on something will give us time to think of ourselves in a better way; we have time to look at smaller things that we take for granted and thus we have time to take life more seriously than we do. 

I think, doing work correctly, studying right for the exam, avoiding silly mistakes, all comes from being mindful—which to me is a meditation. It is really, “Eating while you eat and sleeping while you sleep.” If you are really where you exactly are or if you are doing exactly what you are doing, I think, you will be a much happier person.

Frequency of Meditation is one of the indicators in Psychological Wellbeing Domain in GNH.

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