Mindfulness Podcast Episode 1
- Introduction to KAR Method of mindfulness.
- Talk about mind and how we can become a watchman?
- Few stories and couple of examples of mindfulness to get you started.
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I have included the text based content for mindfulness podcast episode 1 below. If you prefer to read the content along with listening to the podcast, please go ahead, it’s all yours my friend! In this episode, we talk about our mind and how it thinks. We know mind wants to do strange things, right. It is a common thing for the mind to worry unnecessarily in many occasions. This is the nature of the mind, right!
Before we learn and apply the concepts of mindfulness, it is good idea to reflect on what we truly do with our mind. Do you really know what your mind does? Do you know how to observe your mind without being judgmental? How can you be more mindful to see what’s happening inside your mind? How can you see what type of thoughts you are allowing to get in to your mind?
To do all these, we have to be like a good Watchman and watch what’s happening inside our mind. Our goal in this and following episodes is to learn simple mindfulness practices so that you can have more peace and tranquility in your life. That’s why you’re here, right. Why not you and I explore it together? Welcome to mindfulness podcast episode 1, and I am your friend Deb Chowdhury.
What happens with experience of meditation?
Now I have been meditating for more than 30 years now. Yeah, something like that, when I began my journey in my beautiful country India. But in no way it means I know everything but I can tell you it has been an amazing journey. Over the years, I have tried so many different things, and so many experiences, and I have changed them as I went along to meet my own needs or whatever. When something didn’t work for me, I modified it, I changed it and I tried something different so this is how I learned to do various things through experimenting on my own.
Just like we learn to walk as a child; we crawl first right, then we try to stand up but we fall down so many times in that process and then we try again, and this is how we master the art of walking. So meditation is very similar my friends, nothing different. This is all I am going to share with you in this, and the following episodes. The whole idea is to make it simple for you without any kind of mumbo jumbo. Meditation is simple my friend, and so is mindfulness.
Today I will also tell you a beautiful story of a donkey and his master. While you listen to this mindfulness podcast, if you prefer to lie down on your couch or maybe a bed I guarantee you, it will make you calm and it will make you peaceful. But, don’t trust me though just try it first! Try it, if it does not work, junk it. Just like Buddha did.
Do you know how many thoughts you have in a day?
Now you might have heard people talking about mindfulness this and that and how we can empty our mind. Not one, not two, it seems we have more than 70,000 thoughts a day and that’s what the Neuroscientists claim by the way. Now, I am not sure how far that is true my friend. But, you and I know for sure we have so many different thoughts every single day, right. For example, let’s say someone says something to us and we do not like it, we get hurt right so in that situation what do we usually do? What do you do? Obviously, we think about it a million times right, and it circles around our head like a little monster for a while. Now some thoughts are pleasant and some are not so pleasant. Some thoughts make us happy and some make us sad or some makes us feel awful.
Now what we really want is a mind which is peaceful. We want a mind which is calm. We want a mind which is happy. A clean, simple and empty mind just like a child, I only wish I could do that. But, it doesn’t happen right? And some people even go beyond that and talk about stopping the whole process of thinking. Though it may sound yummy, I feel it’s a little bit over the top I suppose. So I wouldn’t even go there.
When you are looking for peace?
Because to me, the whole idea is to make our mind more peaceful; the whole idea is to somehow manage those crazy, crazy thoughts a bit better. So that we can feel more restful, and feel more calm on the inside not just pretending to be happy. Not just faking a smile, nothing wrong with that my friend but it won’t last long.
So the whole idea is to restore the peace of mind. And restore the balance and become like a child who can be happy without a reason. Now bear in mind, I am using the word restore or restoration because it is important. Why, I am going to tell you in a second? Think about an empty vessel, an empty glass or a cup or whatever. Now we can compare our mind to an empty vessel, and that’s what we had when we began our journey, when we were born, when we were a child. But as we go along our journey, and as we go through life, we add more, and more, and more stuff to it. Obviously, the more we add, the more it gets filled. So that empty mind, the empty vessel, the vessel you started with, when you were born, becomes over-loaded at some point in your life.
Now everything seems OK. Everything seems OK for a while before it gets to a point when you cannot take in any more. Because my friend there is no space left in your mind. And your mind works too hard to cope with what you want it to do. And it feels helpless and gets frustrated over time.
Do you relate to this simple story?
So it’s like that donkey, which is carrying too much load for his master. The master puts more and more and more, and more load on the donkey every time, and after a while it gets so tough the donkey gives up, yes the donkey gives up and dies. But, the master doesn’t even know what happened to the donkey.
So our mind is that like that donkey my friend. And when the mind cannot take in anymore, when the mind cannot process any more information what we see in our life is called stress or anxiety or whatever you want to call it. Now I am not talking about anybody else here my friend or giving you a lecture out of nowhere. No, no, no that’s not the idea. I am simply talking about my own mind and my own experience because it has happened to me. And if you’re in the same boat, if you’re in the same boat like I am. Then I am sure you know what I am talking about. And that’s the reason why I am telling you this story.
So now the question is: what do you do about it? What do you do with all the stuff which is already in there? The junk or whatever you want to call it! You cannot simply go in and do a clean sweep of your mind and remove all the junk, right. I wish, I wish we could, we could all do that. So you have to find a way to off-load what you already got in your mind.
What can mindfulness do for you?
That’s where mindfulness really comes handy. Mindfulness helps you to look at your mind from a distance. In other words, stepping back or doing a retreat kind of. Yes, mindfulness helps you to look at your mind from a distance. Just like an observer or just like a gatekeeper or a watchman. So you sit there and watch what’s inside your mind and what’s going on in your mind; like you watch a movie. Just simple, quiet observation, yes simple quiet observation without any kind of judgement, no judgement at all; like a watchman you watch your mind – you watch who is coming in to your mind, and who is going out? And, Buddha did exactly the same thing my friend. To sit in silence and observe your mind and in that silent observation you can find the answer. We can all find the answer on how to become free from the suffering of our own mind.
KAR method of mindfulness
So if you want to learn more about mindfulness with me, and learn how to observe your mind. If you really want to become a watchman, and catch the thief who comes and steals your things. Then, probably you should try out my free mindfulness program for two weeks. I use my KAR method of mindfulness where you will have lot of exercises, quizzes and worksheets associated with this audio. I love stories and I love to teach through simple stories that you will love to hear. So If you listen to few of my mindfulness podcasts you will know what I am talking about.
In the next episode, I will share with you another nice little story of a young guy who went to the monastery in search of wisdom. So stay tuned, be mindful, be calm, be peaceful, be loving and be kind as you listen through your heart, listen to the music playing in your heart. The music you have been waiting to hear from a long, long time and now the time has come my friend to be quiet, so that you can listen peacefully.
A beautiful poem of mindfulness
So I would like to end with a beautiful poem of mindfulness by Kabir. Now if you are wondering who Kabir is? He was a crazy poet Saint from India; and I call him crazy because I love him to bits. So you need to listen to this though it’s in Hindi I am going to translate that for you: Pani Main Min Pyasi, Sun Sun Moya Aiya Hasi. What the poet meant is really funny: he says the fish in the water is thirsty all the time, though water is all around him. The fish is surrounded by water. Because the fish cannot quench his thirst, what else can the poet do my friend? Kabir simply burst out in laughter.
Self reminder: are you the fish in the water?
So it’s such a beautiful comparison with our life. Like that fish in the water, everything is around us my friend. But we do not see it; we do not notice the blessings in our life because we are not mindful. We don’t even care! Whatever we need, we have. Everything we need, we have. But we are not mindful.
When I say everything, I am not talking about money this and that. What I really mean, we have all the resources inside us to feel the peace in our life just like a Yogi. Who does not have lot of material possessions but he or she is happy from the inside. You’ll see that if you visit India and meet some real Yogis not the fake ones. When I say India, I must also include the Western world where I now live because though they are rare you can find them everywhere. You know what I mean. So I will leave you with this nice little wisdom. And wish you all the peace and wish you all the joy in this moment in time. And I hope to see you soon in the next episode and thank you, and thank you so much for listening. Take care!