How I decided to live a more mindful life

2018-19 – Dharamshala 

The next leg of my mindfulness journey occurred when I was on a solo trip during the New Year. Whilst on this solo journey I met a five couple of strangers that suggested I go try out vipassana, a meditation technique. And guess what I actually took their advice seriously and applied for a fellowship where vipassana was part of the curriculum. A week later I returned home and began my research.

2019 – & ‘Three Cups of Tea’ later 

While doing my research I came across a book lying on my bookshelf that I hadn’t read in a while. I picked it up and began to read. If you want to have a more in-depth view I recommend reading this blog.

In a nutshell, I was inspired by an American trekker who built schools in the Taliban region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  A quote from my own blog to show you my excitement

I finally found one that seemed perfect job. It was a two-year fellowship on transformational leadership in rural and urban India. I was in awe, I said to myself, “maybe this could be it, I could live in the Himalayas, work in schools, and get trained in leadership.” I was ecstatic, I wanted my own personal journey just like Greg Mortenson.

You can read more about this here

2019 Fast forward – Working in schools in Uttarakhand 

During one of the many 45 minutes rides to school I noticed the continuous mind chatter. In the past, I noticed that my emotions were dictating my decision-making. I knew I wanted to do something about it but didn’t know where to start. So I decided to approach my managers. When that didn’t work out, I remembered this quote

“If you’re overthinking, write. If you’re underthinking, read.”

– Mike Crittenden

I decided to start reading books. And here’s one of my favourite quotes from The War of Art by Steven Pressfield that I loved

“We fear discovering that we are more than we think we are. More than our parents/children/teachers think we are. We fear that we actually possess the talent that our still, small voice tells us. That we actually have the guts, the perseverance, the capacity. We fear that we truly can steer our ship, plant our flag, reach our Promised Land. We fear this because, if it’s true, then we become estranged from all we know. We pass through a membrane. We become monsters and monstrous.”

It wasn’t until later that I realised that vipassana was what I needed. I needed to take action . That was a game-changer for me.

2020 – ‘De-mystifying Mindfulness’

Finally, 2 months before the pandemic hit I did Vipassana, where I learnt that our thoughts are either in the past or the future. It’s about noticing your thoughts and letting them go, not attaching a story behind them. I found that so enlightening. personally, I never believed in attaching a word or doing certain breathing exercises to be mindful. This was right for me.

In conclusion

over the years that it’s important to plant the seeds first and then let it take time to sink in. looking outside the bus windows was my way of mindfulness. You dont need to sit, to be mindful. You could be swimming, birding, building a house, working for a cause, trekking, as long as you are aware of the present moment you are remindful

2 comments

  1. I like to think of myself as a radio, and my thoughts merely the radio waves passing through space, ones that I pick up when attuned to certain frequencies. They don’t change who—or what—I am as a radio, no matter what comes through. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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