Let’s take a moment to clench our fists as tight as you possibly can for 10 minutes. What does it feel like? An aching beginning to appear in your hands and forearms? What would it be like, do you think, if you were to clench your fists all day? What would it be like to clench your fists as tight as you could all day every day – seven days a week for fifty-two weeks of the year? You would certainly create great medical conditions. Now that’s just your arm.
What if you were to clench your brain like that for that period of time. It would probably shrivel up. Yet, that’s what we are doing. I ‘m not saying ‘we’ as in you and me but the larger society. Each time we take a mental posture of fear and anxiety we clench the fists of our brain. Each time we mentally grasp hold of the need for more and more (actually an unfounded fear of less and less) we clench the fists of our brain. Each time we are angry (grasping hold of our points of view and ideas) we clench the fists of our brain. As a world society we are clenching the fists of our brain at such a rate that good mind health is deteriorating rapidly.
So what can you do to prevent a shriveled brain? (Oh, by the way dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th most prevalent cause of death in USA and these diseases are actually shrinkage of the brain). It has been researched that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent in populations who do not use their brains to learn something new. It has been further researched that these diseases can be slowed by meditation and living a less stressful life style. So what can you do to prevent shriveling of the brain? Of course, I’m speaking metaphorically as well.
Let go! It’s simple. Just let go!! You want to die for holding on to the illusions of more is better? You want to die because of the illusions of your ideas? Let go!
Often I’m asked how do you let go? OMG! Just open your blooming hands! Open the hands of your mind! What if you were to clench your lungs and hold on to your breath?? Breathe! What causes the holding on? Your Mind! It’s all stories. If you want to watch a funny comedy, switch off your TV and watch you mind and have a good laugh! Maybe that’s why Matreiya Buddha is called the laughing Buddha because he has seen the Mind’s comedy show.
It’s time to Re-think the way you think, let go and give space for a new mindset to grow.