17Apr/18

The Connection Between Writing And Letting Go

Writing is an art, and that is something most writers are already aware of. If you ask me how writing is an art, I will simply tell you that the “art” basically means the way of expressing oneself through one medium or another. Just like we call a musician an artist, it is safe to say that we can call a writer an artist too.

However, it is also necessary to understand that writing is not something that comes naturally, there are times when a writer fails to conjure up a word, let alone a complete sentence or a paragraph. Now I have to say that that phase of writer’s block is completely fine as even some of the most prolific writers in the history have gone through that, and have managed to overcome that as well.

Another thing you want to know that if you are having a hard time writing, there might be a way out by simply letting things go. There have been several instances in which the writers have admitted that most of their ideas have come through by surrendering and letting go. There are times when the internal struggles just overwhelm a person, and instead of doing anything else about the struggle, the writers simply decide to let go of it, and release everything on a paper.

With that said, one can easily say that there is a deep connection between writing and letting go; however, it is not necessary to always let go of things just because you want to write. You have a muse, you can write, you can’t find anything to anything on your muse, notice closely, and then see whether or not you can find something that you are willing to write about.

The simplest thing about writing is that you can do anywhere you want, however you want, on whatever you want. I know some people say that you need a pen and a paper in order to get the true feeling but the good thing is that it is not true. I remember there was a time when I was traveling by air for the first time, and my travel anxiety kicked in right as I entered the airport, I still had 2 hours left in my flight, and as I was anxiously sitting in the lounge waiting for the announcement, I decided to let go of everything, and started writing on a piece of paper that I had in my backpack. Even though I could not understand what I had written on the piece of paper after a while, but that process of writing in a very horrible calligraphy helped me channel my inner fears into a piece of writing that helped me overcome my momentary travel anxiety.

I know it is easier said than done, but one simply can’t let the anxiety or fear take the best of us when we certainly can best it with ease and determination. This is important.

17Apr/18

How You Can Meditate When Stressed Out

In the modern day and age, the concept of being stressed out is actually a lot more common as compared to how it used to be in the older days. The reason being simple, we are being buried under a lot of work that makes things difficult for us. In these situations, it does not take a person long enough to finally succumb to all the stress that comes to a person. The good thing, however, is that there are so many different ways of getting rid of stress.

One of the best, and most effective methods of dealing with stress is meditation, however, there are many people who actually suffer from issues when it comes to meditation, especially in moments of stress. The good thing is that there are some expertly suggested ways that you can use to meditate even in situations in which you are stressed out.

In this article, we are going to explore some effective means that will certainly help you in ensuring that you can actually meditate when being stressed out and the good thing is that they will work regardless. So, keeping that in mind, let’s have a look, shall we?

Sit or Lie Down

If you are finding yourself under stress, and the stress is strong enough to stop you from meditating, the best thing that you need to do is to understand that you should sit or lie down in order to feel more relaxed. However, make sure that you are doing so in a comfortable place where it is easy for you to be yourself.

You can start focusing on your breathing, and let all the thoughts cross your mind; at that point, you need to observe your thoughts rather than scrutinize because if you do scrutinize, you might end up with even worse thought that you might need in the first place.

Control Your Thoughts

I have already said that if you are trying to meditate while being stressed out, you might have a lot of thoughts running through your head. It is only natural; the thing you need to do here is to make sure that you are in full control over your thoughts, and not the other way around. If you want to know how to do that, then the best way I can tell you is to make sure that you let your thoughts run wild, and do not try to nitpick on the thoughts you are having, instead, let them flow. Don’t pay close attention either because the moment you start doing that, the moment it will be more stressful.

Be gentle on yourself, and for a few minutes, be carefree, believe that there is nothing wrong in this entire world, and your life is going in order. I can assure you that everything else will go in a smoother transition and you will not face any issue regarding more stress that might find its way in your mind.

17Apr/18

Buddhism And Fear

“Fear cuts deeper than sword”, this is the one quote that I have heard time and again every time someone would mention. However, what exactly is fear? Well, the best way to make that thing clear is that no two people can actually give you the same answer. That is because fear is something that happens to be completely subjective, and in many cases, abstract as well.

However, the important part we need to understand that no one in this world has immunity against fear – it is something that is found in all of us, but in one way or another. Keeping that in mind, Buddha has left us a lot of wisdom, and one of many parts of wisdom taught by Buddha is on fear itself. So what has Buddha taught us about wisdom? According to Buddha, at the core, every being suffers from a state of anxiety, the anxiety grows based on our habit of resisting Anicca or Anitya, that is also known as impermanence of our existence.

Even if we take the Buddhist teaching in account, there are a lot of ways through which we can offer fearlessness to others. However, in order to conquer the fear itself, we need to understand it first. Just like in order to solve a problem, we must acknowledge the existence of that problem in the first place. There are several interpretations to fear; some teachings tell that fear is nothing more than an unwholesome state of infatuation. There are more definitions that manage to go down to the core and tell us that fear is something that we don’t want to happen in the future, or it is our ability to linger on the events that have taken place in the past life.

Fear can also be considered the mind’s attempt to control the negative results. Similarly, Buddhism has taught us a lot when it comes to fighting the fear itself. The one thing that has been emphasized time and again is that in order to eliminate the fear from its roots, we can’t simply deny the existence of fear as a whole. As a matter of fact, we have to face the fear, and understand that it exists. We have to overcome all the reasons that are behind the fear, and make sure that whatever delusions that are on our mind are taken care of as well.

Keeping all of this in mind, the simplest way to stop fear from taking control over your mind is making sure that the fear itself does not start taking control over you. Find the root cause of fear, and then eliminate it from that state. It is not all that difficult to begin with, but the good thing is that It works in majority of the cases. The reason n I am saying this is because people deal with fear differently, and you will never find 2 people who have the same method of overcoming fear, because that is how the human mind works.