“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” -Buddha
We grow up hearing, observing and learning from various elements in our lives. Each has a role to play, an impact to make. It is important to be reasonable and well informed, for which one needs to replace an empty mind with an open one. Based on one’s experiences and judgements one forms opinions which, whilst affecting the decision making, also have greater impact on one’s thought process.
It is important to have a clear and open mind to churn out positive and productive thoughts. The key lies in being busy and occupied yet not scattered and uncomfortable. The thoughts are what add to one’s daily living and character.
Here are a few ways to give those hard working brain cells a break:
- It is not always necessary to be attached to outcomes and results. Try out a few open ended tasks, without planning out the end.
- Give art a chance; write, draw, build, create. Do what pleases you the most and lose yourself in it.
- Be alone and by yourself, it is helpful. Spending time with oneself empowers you to have a clearer perspective and concentrated thoughts.
- Be quiet, calm and just breathe. Remember, it is not necessary to be involved in a stream of thoughts at all times.
- Enjoy your hobbies and give them their due time and effort. Try your hands on some long lost passion or something completely unique and new.
- Meditation is the ultimate relaxant and the process is a great challenge in itself. The results are startling; unbelievable at times.
As one of the greatest icons of physical and mental strength, Bruce Lee had once said:
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Be water, my friend.”
Remember to empty the unwanted, refresh the uniqueness in you and restart the process of growing to be better, happier and content.
Every morning when a kid leaves for school his head is full of doubts, fears and inhibitions. Though his mind is inquisitive and brimming with energy, a heart full of questions and innocence. The early days of schooling can be hard on a kid as it is quite a task for them to get away from parents or family, meet new people, to listen to strangers and learn new things. Consider and compare this to grownups and you may realise the seriousness of the situation; as most adults would have problems coping with these circumstances at any point of time in their lives.
The point of discussion here is the role that homes and schools play in the moulding of a kid, strengthening and shaping him to face the complexities of the life ahead. It is the journey from home to school and vice versa which actually defines how the child imbibes from the atmosphere both these places offer, his surroundings, the events they witness and how they understand the process of learning. Enjoying learning or the keenness to question and show interest is half the job done, but what’s more important is to ensure that the students are kept engaged and eager to keep growing.
Many people simply blame the child for showing lack of interest in studies, low scores or even the inability to understand and analyse certain facts and figures. Some blame it on the atmosphere at home, lack of interest by parents or just declare the child an inept learner. Great teachers understand that it is the working of the learning done at home and also in the school which needs to be synced. If both function in tandem then the child becomes an ardent fan of learning new concepts, asking more questions and opening up to the aspect to inculcating what he/she sees, hears or feels. Bridging this gap between the two contrastingly different yet vividly similar abodes of learning is the most important part of educating a child.
Striking the right balance between values and virtues learnt at home and the academic or factual knowledge taught in schools ensures a sturdy base of learning and also the right approach to learning. What needs to be understood is, that for a child the symbolic differences that a school and their own home offer are relatively huge. But as parents or teachers one needs to be aware of the fact that even though the surroundings change, the process of learning continues without a break. A child needs to feel comfortable yet accepting of the fact that every aspect of his surroundings is an opportunity to grow and absorb from. A child flourishes in all aspects if the beam balance of learning is balanced using weight masses of good parenting and effective teaching.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”