Heart does what the heart does. How many of us believe in this ? Well, whether you believe or not, your actions which involve your heart are always fulfilling.
But, in today’s world we are moving in a direction in which everything we do is becoming more and more machine like, monitored, controlled, patterned, and life itself is becoming a mechanical process.
Right from the time we wake up in morning till we fall asleep, we are not driven by the desires of heart but by the monotonicity of the day. In the humdrum of life we are ever forgetting what really our heart wants? We never ask that question!!
As soon as we open our eyes to a new and wonderful day, instead of appreciating and thanking our life, we mechanically scroll through our mobile screens, do our morning chores in anxiety- to which we are used to, we gobble down our breakfast and travel the traffic filled crowded roads to reach offices just in time. We work all day, return home exhausted, have dinner and go back to bed, lying on bed till our eyes are heavy after being glued to mobile screens and.... we finally fall asleep, only to follow the same schedule the next day, the day after and so on…
Then one day we realize that we have stressed ourselves too much and our health as well as mental peace is deteriorating, so in a state of panic we devise a plan which involves a gym membership, or physical exercises, diet plans, yoga and meditation classes and may be a quick vacation.
Now, when you go to gym, the trainer guides you to do so and so exercise counted to a specific number of sets so that your these/those muscles would be built. Eat these many calories and burn these many calories to keep your body the way you want to... he says! Yoga guru would say - Do mediation/yoga and you should feel such and such feelings. You start doing all this with diligence as a strict pupil!
And after few days, this all again becomes mechanical. We find ourselves going in circles not reaching anywhere and ever dissatisfied...
Corona changed the perception, though not permanently but at least it gave us enough time to sit and think who we really are. “The Great Resignation” was one of the effects - when people realized the difference between their wants and needs. They got a glimpse of life they actually desired for!
Buddha was disillusioned by pain in life, so he left, in search of Nirvana, spent many years in asceticism, trained to control physical and mental desires. He kept himself so hungry that he felt emancipated. Then one day while he was meditating under a tree, a woman came to him with rice and milk pudding dish, locally known as ‘kheer’. Buddha had the kheer and just then a profound thought struck him. He abandoned asceticism then and there, his whole thought process changed... which then lead to the development of “Middle Path/ Middle Way” and his “Enlightenment”.
Initially, Buddha might have thought that by strictly controlling his mental and physical desires, he could attain Nirvana, but as destiny would have it, he realized that neither a life of excesses nor of strict penance is the right way, which means it may be good to not give in to all what your heart desires. Sometimes you also have to let yourself be... and when you do this you start living a life that is un-machined / unchained and you may attain the right balance you are looking for in life.
“Some people will follow their minds without listening to their hearts, and others will follow their hearts without listening to their minds. This is why reason exists, for there to be balance between the heart and mind. We were not meant to follow the mind and ignore the heart. Instead, we were meant to follow the heart over the mind, but without completely abandoning logic. The middle way is the preferred way, and this path simply means to allow your heart to drive you, but do not forget to balance reason with your conscience.”
This is a guest post by a very good friend of mine, Syed Shahnawaz Ali who writes amazing quotes and poetry. Check out his Instagram page where he writes - @shz_is_here and show some 💗
I am participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge 2022 and this is my Day 21 - 'U' post.