Brain health matters- Transition from human ‘doing’ to human ‘being’!
We live more in our heads than in the actual moment. We are talking in our heads, conversing with people, trying to convince someone to do something, judging, criticising. We are so busy keeping ourselves occupied that we barely remember much of anything we do. We are not able to focus, impatience is on the rise, our ability to concentrate is diminishing and so is our creativity!
When at work, we think of what happened in the past or plan future events. We get caught up in thinking what we did over the last weekend, last evening or even last holiday. And when we reach home we spend evenings thinking of work, projects, deadlines or submissions. Often, only after arriving at the destination we remember the journey. And we may just realise we were drinking coffee only after noticing the empty cup in our hand.
Try and break the minds ‘doing’ mode by ‘being’ in the moment as much as you can. It may seem difficult in the beginning but like everything else practice makes perfect. Research states it takes on average 66 days to introduce a new habit! No doubt, it will require some brain training to get ourselves out of minds ‘automatic thinking’ and ‘doing mode’.
In order to achieve the transition from human ‘doing’ to human ‘being’, you need to make yourself deliberately aware of the present moment. It’s not going to happen automatically. Begin by noticing your surroundings wherever you are at this moment. Just bring your awareness, on purpose, to your surroundings, deliberately draw your attention to what’s around you, and notice everything that is part of your conscious awareness. See, the mind has already stopped thinking!
Secondly, breathing is an excellent tool to anchor in the present moment. It is available 24/7 and on average 21000 times a day we breathe! But we are not aware of our own breathing unless someone draws our attention to it. Feel fully alive with every in breath followed by each out breath.
Thirdly, enhancing sensory perception- VAKOG (vision, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory), is a great way of exiting from the constantly busy, thinking ‘doing’ mind. Focus on seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste while performing every task. If you are at work or driving or cooking or baking or making a cup of coffee or eating, simply focus on the experiences of the activity by using all five senses (vision, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory). And while doing so if you notice, notice at all, that mind has wandered away, which invariably will happen because that’s what minds do! Gently bring your attention back to what’s at hand. You may have to do this once, twice or even thousand times in a day but eventually the mind will learn it no longer has control over you. You are no more a slave to ‘automatic thinking’ and the mind cannot make you believe it’s stories.
Rather, you are prepared to have control over ‘stressful thinking’ mind, willing to extend compassion and kindness to yourself. You are not going to fall prey to minds stressful stories and thoughts. And you are willing to enhance the experience of each moment by giving your 100% attention to what’s at hand and by doing just one thing at a time! Simple, it may sound, but indeed a profound tool to achieve a successful transition from human ‘doing’ to human ‘being’ and leading a liberated more fulfilling life!!