I knew a man who was totally averse to the idea of physical exercise. He also ate whatever and whenever he wanted. When someone suggested to join a gym or to maintain a healthy diet, he used to say that he had only one life and he wanted to enjoy each moment.
He did not like the idea of any kind of control or restraint. He expressed anger the moment it arose, screamed at anyone he was angry with, never screened his desires when it came to amorous endeavours. He even drank a lot with his friends and had great fun. I bet that my readers have also seen such types of personality.
What happened to the person ultimately ? Did he really enjoy life ?
The answer is ‘no’.
He is an alcoholic now. He can hardly survive without it. Few months ago he tried to quit alcohol. But he was struck with a withdrawal syndrome with such severity that suddenly he began to tremble and lost his consciousness. He is suffering from various metabolic diseases like hypertension, hyperglycemia and a blocked artery. He has gained considerable weight during the last ten years. He had had failed relationships. And he is even suffering from bipolar disorder.
Did he make any mistake during these years ? He only wanted to be free. He only wanted to enjoy his life fully. But what happened is, he actually messed up his life. He is far from being happy and feeling fulfilled. He often said, ‘you only live once ‘. But that carpe diem philosophy once he proudly professed seems to have failed for him.
What actually happened with him was that in search of fun, he made his mind weak. He never exercised the power of restraint.
Restraint is like mental gymming. If the desire is strong, then to restrain it you have to use your mental muscles. If you keep doing this exercise on a regular basis, your mental muscles will be strong and toned. The mind will be more empowered and healthy. But if you let your mind do whatever it desires to do all the time, it will lose its power and health.
Yes, Some mental disorders originate from traumatic experiences, some originate from continuous stress,but some are directly related to one’s own deliberate actions which eventually weakens his mind. And we all know that persistent weakness may cause illness. Would you expect a mentally ill person to feel happy ?
Now, let us focus on solutions. Anyone can do this mental gymming at any time sitting anywhere. You don’t even have to sit. You can even walk while doing this. But before I jump to the ‘to do’ part I want to put a simple logic.
Let us think that for a day, I will do nothing in particular and would let my mind roam freely. What will happen ? Most of the time, you will either be driven by desires to satisfy your senses or you will think in a habitual manner where your insecurities, worries and memories keep popping up automatically. Your DESIRES and your HABITS will be at the cockpit. Your mind will drift here and there like a ship without an anchor. This is the way you will easily lose the power of your consciousness, which is the main element of mind.
So, to harness the power of consciousness, let us imagine that you sit at a place and concentrate between your eyes. Your DESIRES and your HABITS will try to communicate with you by sending random thoughts to think upon. But you set aside all thoughts that come to your mind, and concentrate. That way you are harnessing the power of consciousness. That way you are strengthening the muscles of your mind and making it healthier.
Isn’t it easy ? Just do not let your mind go it’s own way all time. Happiness, fulfilment , fun and enjoyment would begin following you automatically when you keep doing this exercise .Eventually, you will find each moment has become blissful. Each sight has become colourful. Each sound has turned into music.