Mind and Matter: Their Is
A Message In Every Moment
The popular belief goes that our mind and our material surroundings
are impediments to self discovery, but the opposite may be true.
Thats a modest seekers perception. The crucial point
is that mind and matter -- when deeply touched by a moment as
it unfolds -- reveal our experience of connection with our true
selves. The obvious question is how to go about finding spiritual
experiences in our daily lives? The answer lies in just one word,
replacing the how with when.
Lets take a few examples. How many times do we wash our
hands in a day? Perhaps many times and usually with soap and water.
It is a spontaneous and repetitive part of our daily routine,
which goes unnoticed as we move from morning to night. But then,
if the mind is brought suddenly to connect with the touch of ordinary
soap and water on the hands, it becomes still. There is a sudden
awareness about the feel of the soap, the washing away of dirt
from the skin and the clean touch of flowing water.
In a traffic jam, we fret about getting late for meetings. Great
believers in advance planning even work out the shortest route
to our destination. Its natural to feel frustrated but just
look at the map lying on the passenger seat and it can be a moment
of awareness because a map can plan the journey for you, not drive
you to your destination.
Ive been travelling non-stop for the last couple of days
and though it sounds exciting to transit between international
destinations, it is actually a physical burnout. As I walk through
my n-th glass tube air terminal, I crave fresh air. I notice a
smokers lounge in the terminal and pause to introspect:
Why have we never considered spaces to breathe in fresh
air in these never-ending, encapsulated air-conditioned giants.
All of these are what one might call pure experiences.
Translating the magic of such moments into words creates a dilemma.
Verbalization is a poor substitute for description because part
of any experience is also the moment of pure awareness, which
But there is another part of such experiences that is easier
to share. Watching the spontaneous action of washing ones
hands with such care can make one aware of ones personality.
It can make a person realize how much he or she values hygiene
and health. One can even wonder if one keeps ones mind as
clean? If only we could wash our minds with soap and water every
It is not a good feeling to wake in the morning with residual
anger from last nights arguments. You dont want to
begin a new day on such a note. But, quite often I find myself
waking up that way. Then unexpectedly, making my morning cup of
tea, the steam escaping from the kettle connects my emotional
steam into a moment of pure stillness and deep awareness.
Im so angry, I relate to the boiling water. I transcend
my morning space filled with anger through introspection. The
change of perception comes about because of a moment of pure connection
with ordinary boiling water in a kettle.
Sounds simple and easy. Then, why does this experience escape
us much of the time? The fact remains that we all live in successive
units of present moments, but not with experience of the same.
Our minds are permanently preoccupied with past and future thoughts.
Through our awareness, ordinary moments of life transmit deeper
messages, which guide us to introspect on current paradigms and
prejudices. These experiences may change our attitude and personality.
Meditative experiences may involve the good, the bad and the
ugly in our daily lives. We can start by observing what we have
in the given moment, then go on to embrace and amalgamate with
the humour, the tragedy, the challenge, opportunity and learning
hidden within each moment.
We can go through each moment with a new reverence, almost a
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November 26, 2009