All of us are in an undulating ‘hypnotic’ state. A pat on the back, at the beginning of the day, is an invite to happiness. A rebuff, likewise, has a wobbly, cascading effect. The former puts you in the driver’s seat for the whole day —perhaps, the entire week. The latter has a sliding outcome — it puts you down in the dumps for the whole week, or a fortnight. It takes time to recover from a snub, or ‘firing,’ from the boss at the workplace. What’s more, you, thereafter, tend to carry your negativity, or dejection, home and pour out umbrage on your wife or children. This is reality, although it looks like a scene straight out of a serialised melodrama that you watch on primetime television. Fiction is often reality, also truth — it is the episodic precursor of a rumbling irony waiting to happen, or detonate, no less, from deep within your perimeter of thought, if not conscious awareness.
Everything happens in the precincts of our mind. This is akin to picture postcards or images that keep coming and going. They connote delight if you had a good beginning at the workplace or meeting, and gloom when things don’t happen the way you want them to. It is like tags of poetry too — at either end of the spectrum. To cull an example — you go to the theatre to watch a play. Not all of us understand the subtleties of a script. Yet, the words, or dialogues, ‘rev-up’ our frame of mind with a certain cadence. You immediately understand the notes, the tenor, or impact of each scene. Any which way you look at it, the fact is drama is art. It triggers characteristic emotional effects — just like what listening to soulful music does to the mind, body and soul. However, a bad script, on the contrary, could have a negative effect — for instance, a substandard stage show with extremely loud or madcap dialogues can produce corporal volcanic activity. It can ‘blow up’ your mind and hearing; it can also lead to gloom and sleeplessness.
What does this represent? That our emotional response to almost every activity of daily life is keyed to some form of empathy. It is this attribute that permits us to determine who we are, or want to be. It provides us with the ‘mindspace’ for true wisdom to surface from deep within our conscious and unconscious processes. The result is not only uplifting, but also encouraging. It provides us with a sense of strength — in the midst of the ever-present rainbow synthesis of change and also inner transformation. You may liken such a prospect to farming, planting the seeds and harvesting the crop. Or, watering and scattering compost to nourish the roots of your plants to endure the weather, humidity, or hostile environmental fluctuations.
This holds good for our life and career too — it is only when we cultivate and nurture our inner wisdom, or soul, and connect to the cosmos, or divine energy, would we be bestowed with a whole, new vision and mission to lead a life of understanding, harmony and synchronous empathy. The next step isn’t difficult, or complex. We should aim to go with the flow. In other words, we need to accept and receive, or hold on to our principles with an open mind and heart. Besides, we need to supplement our conscious wakefulness to its highest level, while expanding on the vast resources that all of us are already gifted with. You know their import — self-control, resilience and receptivity — all essential requisites for a higher purpose.
(The writer is a wellness physician and author)
Rajgopal Nidamboor