All of us go through cheerful and difficult situations, not just circumstances, in life. It is a simple equation — in the midst of some highs, there ought to be some lows too, right? Yes, indeed. Call it the law of averages, or what you may. Such happy auguries, as also predicament, or quandary, inform and enlighten us; they also put us down on the mat, almost to a point of no return, notwithstanding our best, and at times Herculean, efforts. This is, in realistic terms, more than what meets our eye, ear, and mind. It is also a paradox of sorts. As Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish philosopher, mathematician, essayist, and teacher, exemplified in ornate prose, “There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.” Or, as author Shaun Hick articulated, “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.”

Anything and everything we do, or don’t, boils down to just one thing — conscious awareness. Conscious awareness is the sum and substance of everyday life — right from the routine things that we do to experiencing things on the higher plane, as it were. This occurs by way of reflex action — something that clings to the skin of our thought. There is no need for one to be a Zen master, or meditate into the realm of deep thought, or a state of relaxation. The reason is simple — if none of us never ever felt the power of our individual experiences, we would have just floated at a different level — a state of not being conscious of things around us.

This is fortunately not the case. We are all, by nature’s intent, connected to our contextual consciousness. It is this celestial, also cerebral, attribute that helps us to quickly relate to the present. More so, because our consciousness is always in attendance, no matter the context, or the lack of it. This is all there is to it and to what we need. It not only reduces uncertainty; it adds several contexts to our daily life, including the natural language of living in the present-moment, not the past — for which there is no need for anyone to be initiated, or baptised of fire.

You may call the whole principle as being in the zone of mindfulness without even being aware, or knowing its context. It does not also depend on which side of the simple frame of mindfulness you would want to place yourself, or whether you are fully conscious of what you think, or not responsive to. The tipping point is, any which way you look, or not look at it, consciousness encompasses of the little dots of experience in the measure of our conscious, or unconscious, thought processes. To highlight a few examples — emotions, feelings, images, dreams, and body sensations, including what may exist far beyond the confines, or reach, of our psyche, or our perception of conscious attentiveness.

While most of our great philosophers, past and present, contend that the sublime idea of our conscious awareness is far too generalised, or expansively broad, and also too narrow — it is a given that our mind is equated, for the most part, today, as a part of applied psychology, just as much as its varied processes, irrespective of whether, or not, they are conscious, or not conscious. For mind scientists, it filters down to something just as simple as it is wholly profound — that our conscious awareness is as much a part of our whole gamut of self-consciousness as the harmony of the spheres.

 (The writer is a wellness physician, independent researcher and author )

 

Columnist: 
Rajgopal Nidamboor