In a state of MINDLESSNESS, our mind is not free to think, focus and act. Each one of us, at some point in life, wishes to change ourselves or others. However, we often remain stuck due to the all-pervasive impact of mindlessness that we are unaware of.
The first component of mindlessness is the DESIRE TO CONTROL. Everyone carries a fantasy of how they and the rest of the world should be. So we are constantly putting intense pressure on ourselves and others to match up to this image. Mind power can be utilised only when we give up the wish to control, and instead, work to build understanding.
Another element of mindlessness is our OBSESSION WITH THE PAST & FUTURE. There are people who relive memories of a happy past or mourn negative experiences. Some are petrified by possibilities of an uncertain future. On the whole, people spend a lot of their present time in either dissecting past baggage or imagining an ideal future. So, they are not anchored in the present, but we can only grow when our complete attention is anchored in the present.
The third component of mindlessness is GREED FOR QUICK ENLIGHTENMENT. There are some who experience disillusionment because they commit themselves to superficial perspectives for instant nirvana. Others commit to a valid perspective, but leave it halfway as they are unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both types suffer due to their attitude. Remember, no one can give you enlightenment. The wise can guide you, but enlightenment will only come gradually with your consistent efforts. There is no short cut.
In order to grow and blossom, it is important to become aware of our mindlessness and gradually change it to MINDFULNESS, which is very liberating as it requires us to notice and understand all kinds of thoughts, feelings and actions without judgement and criticism. Keep your attention in the HERE & NOW, without clinging to either the past or future. Although MINDFULNESS appears to be simple and trivial at the outset, it is, in fact, the essence. About mindfulness Buddha said, “Mindfulness, I declare, is all-helpful. All things can be mastered by mindfulness.”
——— Pulkit Sharma.