In the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” which is based on a book of the same title, a medicine man in Bali, Indonesia told Liz Gilbert, the author, to smile with her mouth, her body, and her mind. This is an interesting observation. Most people only smile with their mouths but their minds and bodies are frowning or even crying. They get so caught up in the workings of their minds that they carry a heavy burden. How can you smile with your mind? Start by observing your thoughts so you can create space between them. At first this is diffficult to do because the mind comes in and starts to think of things that it needs to reacts to. It will say, “I don’t understand why you are still. You should be doing this, that or the other.” Just be still and continue observing the workings of the mind without judging it. Soon the noise will dissipate and you feel this fresh, minty sensation in your body. You have created space and are now smiling with your mind and body. You have allowed the universe to come into your being and fill you with its limitless love.
The beautiful mind is at peace with the world and all beings. It is still and does not impose anything on anybody. It looks at people and things and feels its oneness with everything. It is connected with, and supported by, the universe. How can you achieve a beautiful mind? Start by knowing that you have a noisy mind. Once you are aware that your mind is chaotic, you are present as the watcher. Presence and noise can not coexist. Being present means the noise has subsided. For a while. Then it comes back with even more thoughts. That’s how the mind is. It can not be still for long.
The key is to observe your mind without judging it. Just watch the thoughts that come into your mind. Don’t personalize them. Don’t mistake these thoughts for who you are. It is human unconsciousness manifesting at that moment. They are surfacing now because they need to be resolved. But you can’t resolve them by acting on them. You can only resolve them by not reacting to them. You are taking away the energy that is within and around these thoughts. This energy then becomes transmuted into something blissful and beautiful. You are starting to have a beautiful mind. Try it now and see what happens.
Most people have noisy minds. They are entangled with forms and are constantly making stories–even though they have lived long enough in this world to know that things go wrong quite often. They want to change, manipulate, control forms whether they are people, circumstances, or events. They encounter frustration and resentment because no form lasts very long. They want to create something out of nothing. I say nothing, because ultimately, all forms are illusion. They come and go and then we are left with space or nothing.
Here’s a suggestion: instead of creating something out of nothing, why not let things be? Why not let nothing be nothing and observe what happens? By bringing nothing or space to the foreground of your life, you are learning to align yourself with the universe. This frees up the universe to love you and care for you so that miraculous things happen to you. It may be a chance encounter with a stranger that leads to a new job. Or a friend who helps you out when you are sick and in the hospital. Life is always working for you. You don’t need to help it. The key is to observe the things that happen without getting entangled with them. Try it now and see what happens.
A mind listener is one who listens to what the mind is saying without acting on it. This person watches the things that pass through his/her mind without judging them, thereby creating space and stillness in his/her life. Most of us are lost in words and thoughts, drowning in communication without truly communicating with the other person. We put more emphasis on talking than on listening (often it is centered around the word, “I” or “me” such as “I won the game”, or “I resent what he did to me”). We create this noisy world that is covered with negativity, sickness, resentment, sadness, rage, anger, etc. We put the past and future in our lives and forget about the present, which is always fresh and alive.
We can change our world right now by changing our reaction. As an experiment, try not to react to another person’s statement, praise or criticism. Just listen to what he/she is saying without any judgment. Watch the person and listen to the inner energy field of your body. Feel the air moving in and out of your body or the tingling in your hands. You are listening to your mind and to your body. You are not judging the other person but letting him/her be. You are giving him/her space, and the intelligence of the universe will then take charge and out of that, right action happens. The universe loves you and takes care of you. It is always working for you. But you have to free your mind so you can recognize this truth. You have to be a mind listener.
How can you achieve eternal sunshine in your mind amidst the chaos in the world? By observing events and people without becoming entangled in them. By not judging an event, people or situation as good or bad. By just letting things be as they are, a deeper intelligence comes into this world and connects you with the presence all around you. Out of this non-attachment, intelligent action happens. You then find yourself doing or not doing something.
You let the sunshine into your mind by getting rid of the dark clouds of suspicion, guilt, anger, sadness, resentment, etc. These are states of being that pass through your existence but you hold on to them as if they were precious and important. Before long, they drag you down and create an atmosphere of negativity. But if you learn to observe, you break the negativity and let the universe do the work. The universe is a living, breathing organism that takes care of you if you let it be. So save yourself a lot of trouble and just be!