Life has good and bad times. When times are rough and it gets hard, we end up remembering the good times. When the good times are there, we do not realize it. We develop a tendency to appreciate good times during bad times. When we appreciate the good times, we find bad times more difficult. This difficulty develops a wanting for the good times, and we do not know how to deal with difficult situations. The wanting loop goes on forever and we become a victim of our own actions.
How to understand, appreciate and deal with such situations?
After doing my meditation courses with Art of Living Foundation (founded by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar), I started being more in the present moment. As a result, I realized the good times in the moment and not relatively during bad times. When problems came, I dealt with them by focusing on the solution than being focussed on the good old past. Life’s perspective suddenly changed in a different mode, the mode was of the present moment.
In a very comical way, the feeling was that of a frog caught in a well and still feeling everything was well 🙂
In our fast paced life, we get caught up by technology like social media. Our mind is thinking about emails, chat sessions, facebook updates etc. We are so much used to these online services that anytime we want to focus, the social media becomes a higher priority. As a result, anything we do requires an extra effort due to the social media thoughts coming in between our goals. Being caught in between this confusion, the question comes to us. How to avoid distraction and stay focused?
During my meditation courses taught by Art of Living foundation (started by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar), I learnt to practice dispassion for everything during meditation. By having dispassion, we tend to drop all our thoughts and stay centered towards our meditation goal. In other words, dispassion induces discipline in our meditation and improves our focus. We are no longer haunted by social media sites like facebook likes/dislikes, and come in the present moment with full attention. This applied to our daily activities improves our ability to get over any social media distractions and be more productive and efficient.