Can you remember the last time you did nothing? When I say nothing I mean nothing apart from inhaling and exhaling and observing that? Most of us today are either busy doing something or busy doing nothing, allowing thoughts which are negative or positive to run wild, causing endless amounts of suffering on ourselves. How many of us spend days worrying about something external to our bodies while forgetting that the most important thing in our lives is something that is not physical? How many days or even seconds do you think you give your mind time to adjust and bring about awareness?
I think the answer to these questions above is either no time at all or very little. Just imagine the changes that could come about if a single business or a family started to bring about peace to their minds, bringing in mindfulness to ease the mind of many thoughts that run continuously throughout the day and then into our dreams.
Its theorised that we use our sub consciousness 95% of the time and just 5% is generally what our consciousness amounts up to. So while we watch TV we become in a hypnotic like state, processing information and our sub consciousness takes it in, making very subtle changes. When we start a new job, it takes our consciousness to learn and that’s why it feels like a challenge, there after providing the job doesn’t require high concentration with constant changes, our sub consciousness takes over.
What do you think would happen if you could learn to change your habits, learn to stop your thought process into a more vibrant positive way of thinking? What if I told you that this is more than possible providing you are willing to start taking responsibility and make changes?
For a number of years, people at Silicon Valley have been attempting to get ahead of the game by using their conscious mind more productively, learning to change their habits by being present or rather being less in the chattering mind. They have been doing this with the power of meditation. Chade-Meng Tan works with mostly Google employees; he runs internal courses for Google. The workshop is called “search inside yourself”. The course is designed to teach people to manage their emotions, with the aim of making them more productive at work. Google must clearly see changes as they have built a labyrinth for walking meditation. This is not just Google, its across Silicon Valley, companies are investing in their staff to take courses including Twitter and Facebook because they see real benefits, companies are ran by people and when the people are mindful and happy, the business becomes more successful. We need to start looking at changing unhelpful patterns in ourselves just as much as we acknowledge that we need vital nutrients to sustain health. You can survive without nutritional food but you can’t survive without consciousness.
When you become calmer, your stress levels decrease, making way for an easier thought process and a sense of peace within oneself.