APPLIED MINDFULNESS / MEDITATION-15: WHEN MIND CHANGES, IT FIRES THE BRAIN TO REWIRE IT. UNTIL WE ACCEPT MIND, MINDFULNESS DOES NOT EXIST.
(Applied Mindfulness / Meditation from eastern wisdom aims at discovery of our true nature. The true nature is behind and above, what is known and experienced by the mind. When is known or can be known to the mind is the objective reality. The mindfulness discovers what is not known to the mind i.e. the subjective reality or our true nature. The objective reality is eastern wisdom is known as ‘non-self’. And meditation is a discovery of ‘real-self’. However, science can definitely help understand the changes in the ‘non-self’ i.e. body, breath, brain, mind etc. How science can ever know, when it rejects the very presence of ‘self’ as consciousness. The series explores the journey of Applied Mindfulness / Meditation based on the teachings of more than 3000 masters and their teachings in a 6000 years old tradition)
Science says that brain changes its structure and function, what is popularly known as neuroplasticity. There is a kinda of obsession about this concept of brain- fire the brain to rewire it. The eastern wisdom explains that when mind changes, it changes the brain. The regular practice of mindfulness changes the brain.
Is consciousness the matter or otherwise
Because science in doubt suggests that mind is an activity of the brain. They will not confirm that it is the change of mind, changes the brain. The eastern wisdom says that mind is created when self (consciousness) comes in contact with the matter. Science has yet to understand if consciousness is the product of matter or vice-versa.
Who am I? And awakening
The principle of eastern wisdom says that when mind drops the non-self in mindfulness, it awakens to self. The self is pure consciousness or witness consciousness that never changes. It is the state that fires the brain to rewire it. There is faint idea and experience that there is something that never changes and present in all stages of life- childhood, adult, old age. It is also present in different experiences of stress, pleasure, pain, suffering, relationship. This is what we call as “I”. We arrive at main question – who am I?
The very change speaks of the truth, that we are something beyond the change. We may call it as self or superman or pure consciousness.
It is our daily experience that we are different from the matter or Prakriti. We are conscious being. Self is the knower, perceiver and seer.
To know the seer or the knower is the state of mindfulness or meditation.
We know through our experience that I or “self” remains same since birth, growth, decay, old age. What changes is the Prakriti. This self is known as Purusha. The word ‘Purusha’ means ‘the one who dwells in the Prakriti’.
We live in the house but we are not the house, it is our daily experience.
To know the knower and seer of body (the house) is mindfulness or meditation.
The popular definition, ‘paying attention non-judgmentally…..’ does not lead to real mindfulness state. However, it helps in reducing anxiety, inducing relaxation and overcome fatigue.
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(Read disclaimer at www.girishjha.org before listening and learning. It is advised not to practice without the supervision of a live teacher. The audio file is for understanding the principles of eastern wisdom)