Say ‘Thank you’ to the smallest thing in life

It is almost our second nature to moan, to critize, to complain, and to find fault on someone or something.  We either dismiss our own responsibilities or carry too many including others’.  The result of such action is self-afflicted sufferings accompanied by lingering emotions of anguish, discontentment, resentment, hysteria and prolonged distress, which take the form of latent energies in the subconscious mind (‘chitta’). The subconscious mind functions as part of the human psyche which is also manifested in the higher level of the conscious mind and the wisdom or intellect.  It works like a bank or reservoir which stores memories, habits, temperaments, instincts, etc, collectively known as sanskaras in Sanskrit.  It accumulates as our thought processes recycle senses, actions and thoughts through different levels of our encounters.  Unfortunately, our external, melodramatic living has a tendency to churn up torrent of negative sanskaras and false senses.  The subconsicous mind then projects these human traits which are acted out in negative behaviours or destructive thoughts.  It is through devoted pursuit of the true self and access to the witness body that we emancipate our mental state from this bondage of subconsciousness to the empowerment of spiritual awareness, aligning with the eternal presence of being.

Understanding the functioning and interconnections of the human mind, we are ready to witness  the ebb and flow of a restless mind. They say ‘it takes a big man to admit he was wrong’.  And the same goes for the saying ‘it takes a big heart to say thank you’.  You may think of many occasions where these words are spoken.  It is rather a slip of the tongue but how often do we actually mean it?  An egoic mind would naturally fend off these big words because of the over-indulgence of ‘I’. Imagine saying ‘thank you’ to the smallest thing in life such as a nice comment on our Facebook photo! The gesture is easily written off because we lose the conscious intellect to absorb the positive impact of appreciation and gratitude.  We are all ego-keepers to some extent and depending on the situation for that matter.  A grateful heart for the natural symphony of ambience, the running water that forms part of our living Earth, our pumping heart, and even the simplest creation of energy and matters is what it takes to make our life more joyful and at ease.  Ironically, we are somehow accustomed to be the slaves to our sanskaras, slowly slipping away from the grasp of this loving virtue.  Looking around the world we are living in, listening to the everyday Breakfast news, joining in a tea-time chit-chat with colleagues and queuing up at a grocery line constitute a big trunk of our normal living that we forget small things over big ones. We are subconsciously conditioned by memories, impressions, desires, objects and sensory thoughts.  In other words, we tend to take our life for granted. It never occurs to us that we should be thankful for small mercies.  How often do we whole-heartedly appreciate the gift of having an able body to enjoy our senses of touch, smell, see, hear, taste and feel?  The universal equation of happiness is the functions of contentment, ease, acceptance and gratitude.  As wisely put forward by the Chinese motto, ‘Contentment brings happiness. Happy is he who is content’.   There are obstacles that are not impossible to dispel, even if it costs us a dear lesson that bear ordeals, pain or even loss at a crosswords, in order to learn about appreciation and relinquish control to natural course.  In effect the process generates mental uplift to higher awakening from the deep-seated human conditions.   That is why we have admirations for those who appear to have the aura of calmness and serenity amidst storms and chaos.  They are the living Buddha. Their effortless manifestation of the constant gleam is ‘yoga’ in its purest, highest form.

As a yoga practitioner, the desperate endeavour to follow the lineage of Yoga tradition and the fervent hope to become a great soul can sometimes overshadow the simple good intention to find peace.  The practice of non-judgement and mindful surrendering reminds us of the original place where the pilgrimage of happiness begins.  It is our blessing to generate the inner power from our daily practice that keeps us in line with this positive force of the presence.  We have the fortune to receive wisdom from the Enlightened who, for thousands of years, has passed on the Bible of transformation to the sentient beings.   For that we should be grateful.   As we learn to be the bearer of light, our line of vision changes.  We see bigger pictures of life whilst appreciate smaller jewels that generally packed with greatness.

Author: Dorothy Watts, dorothy@yogawith.com, Website: www.yogawith.com

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