The other day I was walking in nature near a lake in an autumn afternoon. The lake was rather calm and I could see the reflection of trees on the other side of the lake in the water. The photo above is the actual scene.
As I saw this reflection on the surface of the lake, it reminded me of a metaphor about our mind. Our mind also reflects! It reflects reality and what we see in the outside. How we see life depends on the quality of its reflection of on our mind.
Like this lake, how much clear or how much distorted our mind reflects what is in outside depends on how calm or how agitated it is.The more still the lake of our mind is, the more clearly it reflects things.
How is this relevant to our day-to-day life?
Our mind is the basic tool that we have to live our life. The choices we make, the way we perceive our life, even our happiness or unhappiness, our stress or calmness, they all depend on how our mind functions.
If we want to have a clearer view of our life and its reality, we need to let our mind become quiet and still. A busy and over active mind is like a lake in a windy day. It has many waves of thoughts and it cannot reflect the life out there clearly and with the right proportion.
That is why when we are facing situations that cause us stress, we tend to exaggerate certain things and ignore some other things. When our mind is agitated, it loses the ability to see clearly.
In today’s world with all the stimulants that we constantly face during the day, whether through our busy jobs or through our digital devices, the lake of our mind is constantly wavy. Too much activity in the mind without sufficient rest brings us stress and anxiety. We need to step back from constant activity and give some rest to our mind to settle down the waves of thoughts so that our mind can become quiet and still. Only then we can see and reflect the beautiful picture of life with its unlimited potential.
Meditation is the way to still the mind. Invite meditation to your daily routine to enjoy a stress-free, peaceful and enjoyable life.