Written by Raj H.
Written by Raj H.
Don’t you think there is a rhythm in every beautiful thing in this world. A patterned repetition of sounds becomes music, body movements in rhythm is dance. A video that can hold our attention by maintaining a rhythm of our emotions and perceptions makes it a great movie.
Maybe it’s the rhythm what makes things beautiful.
Planets move in rhythm, seasons change in rhythm. Our hearts beat in rhythm, we breathe in rhythm, we speak in rhythm.
Maybe there is a rhythm in everything, and we haven’t paid enough attention to notice it.
By Raj H.
Have you ever asked yourself why you do certain things like: you roll up your sleeves when you get off work. And on your way back home from work, you roll down your windows even when the weather is cold and windy as hell, and you drive a few miles faster than the speed limit, or maybe some of you take that freeway just so you can do that quick zero to sixty on the ramp.
Why do we do them?
To me, these are the expressions of freedom. Because freedom is the purest joy that one can experience.
So, I tried, for years, to learn to be free and feel the freedom without interruption. Finally, after years of ups and downs in my experiments, I realized that you can’t learn to be free. You are free when you are learning, when you are doing activities that require your full attention.
Something amazing happens while you are learning a new skill or doing a task that require your full attention.
What is it?
You are not following your thoughts, you have forgotten about your story, your identity while you are learning. In other words: you have given a pause to your ego. This is the very reason why people take up extreme sports, such as sky diving, jet skiing, rock climbing, extreme motorsports, etc. Most of us might think that the joy or the thrill one might experience from doing such extreme activities is due to the adrenaline rush. But that’s not so. There are other ways to get the adrenaline rush where you don’t feel that joy of extreme sports. Complete, unwavering attention is the necessity for survival during such activities; it doesn’t leave a room for our mind’s chatter. For instance, you don’t dare to think about your workplace while rock climbing. One wrong move, and the game will be over.
Thought-free mind is the reason for the joy and freedom.
Let’s see if this equation looks reasonable from what we have discussed so far.
“Caution: this article is not intended to suggest readers to participate in any form of extreme activity. Thought-free mind can be achieved even by quietly observing the nature.”
A city bus ride on Road #1, Banjara hills, Hyderabad, a quick reminder of good old days for Hyderabadis who haven’t had a chance to visit home for a while.
I believe that the engineers who make these sports cars put their heart and soul in their creation because you can feel the thrill when you are driving these sleek and powerful cars. When I first started working as a pharmacist, I bought one of these fancy, German sports cars. I felt so alive and so myself while driving it, which was rare for the kind of lifestyle I was living, and I almost identified myself with my car. I think it was in the very first month of buying the car, I noticed a huge scratch on the front bumper, and the pain I felt was as though I had a gash on my knee.
After seven years, I still feel the same aliveness while driving the same car, but something has changed: I no longer Identify myself with my car. I step in my car when I need to, I drive to wherever I have to go, but the obsession has faded.
I wish I could use my mind as I use my car now: step in my mind when needed and step out when the task is done, and not take anything personally with what goes on in my mind. When I said that I wonder who is it that stepping in and out of the mind, who is it that driving the mind. Perhaps that’s the quest of the whole mankind, perhaps that’s what we are seeking in our every pursuit of pleasure.
Written by Raj H.
Measurement is the basic requirement for comparison. But the things most of us value in life are intangible. They have no metric; they can’t be measured. But we are trained to find happiness by comparison right from our childhood. So we ignore what is real and what we really want, and we go after things that we can easily measure and compare.
Let’s explore a little more. Measurements and comparisons are thought forms. Thought is past; it’s not real. So, trying to seek happiness by comparison is an illusion, isn’t it? Aren’t we avoiding what is real when we are measuring and comparing?
By Raj H.
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