Mind Over Matter, It Doesn’t Matter So Never Mind…

When was the last time you sat down at your kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee or tea and just SAT there? No agenda, no tasks or chores that need doing and no work to get to on that particular day? Can’t remember the last time that happened? Don’t feel bad, neither do I! But this likely means that we are lacking something very important in our lives: the ability to be still!

This morning I brought my son with me to check in at work and run some errands. As usual, he was his typical buoyant self, attracting everyone’s attention and fascinated by everything he sees. He seemed to be on a kick this morning of claiming he’s only one year old! According to him, his teacher told him this, although I’m sure something got lost in the translation. I asked him what he’d like to do this morning for an hour before going back to see his mother, and he replied with typical time-proven favourite: breakfast and the play place at a local fast-food eatery.

Now, I include breakfast because it would be ludicrous to think that we’d sit in a restaurant and not order something! But let me be clear; Nathan could care less about the food; he simply wants to play on the play structure with other children. A part of me is pleased that he wants to interact and socialize with other children. Another part of me longs for the silence that I wouldn’t get even if we were there alone.

Since it was an unplanned trip, I had limited resources with which to occupy myself while Nathan played. Oh sure, I had a book in my backpack. I almost always have a backpack when I expect to be out of the house for more than an hour. When you have Diabetes, you have little choice to do otherwise. What with testing equipment, fast-acting glucose and my glasses and other medications, I generally make it a rule to keep at least one piece of reading material with me. This morning’s selection was UechiRyu Karate Do by George E. Mattson.

But as I sat there, I found myself doing something I occasionally fall into: I observed the world around me. And this is what I noticed… People bustling and in a hurry. People raising their voices over mistaken orders and everyone staring at their watch. I happen to be in a position where sitting still at 9 in the morning is a very real possibility for me, but even when I’m at work, I like to think that I live in the moment and take time to do what’s immediately in front of me. Most of the people I observed were getting their coffee and/or their food because they need it to get on with their day, as opposed to sitting and enjoying it.

An important part of one’s mental and physiological well-being is to occasionally take the time to just sit still. Let the world around you melt away and just take the time to enjoy the moment. Sounds easier said than done? You damn right it is! But the benefits can be plentiful. Even for someone with Diabetes. Allowing yourself to relax causes your heart rate to slow, your blood pressure to lower and permits you to relax (depending on how many milligrams of caffeine may be in your beverage of choice, of course), all of which will help with blood sugar levels.

Today’s rat race makes it all but impossible to find time to sit in silence. And thanks to the advent of technology and social media, most of us can’t comfortably sit in silence anymore. But the practice is still sound and should be exercised. So, take some time for yourself. Sit there and let your mind drift. Well-known authors and composers have claimed that they do their best work when they simply let the ideas come to them. Why not emulate this behaviour and let your mind reset. Maybe you’d be surprised at the ideas you could develop!

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

7 thoughts on “Mind Over Matter, It Doesn’t Matter So Never Mind…”

    1. I agree, meditation has so many proven benefits that even modern medicine has started to turn towards it. Relaxation exercises, calming breaths and such are just different and in some cases abbreviated forms of meditation.

      I’ve enjoyed reading about certain schools that have started to teach meditation as a class and as part of the curriculum. I think this has the potential to deal with a lot of attention issues within classrooms and provide students with the means to deal with issues in a healthier way.

      What are your thoughts?

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  1. My thoughts, Hummmmm, I think I should meditate more. On the whole the more we meditate as a society the better. As a practicing Buddhist I am very weary about some things that I see happening such as mindfulness coaches popping up everywhere totally unregulated and likely poorly trained. Everyone has heard of mindfulness but I would bet 99% of the teachers have no real clue as to what it actually is. This cultural propagation is not really happening in a healthy way. We may all know of some story about some yogi in the 70’s who came west and made a mess of things or ended up in a life of sex and drugs. Now it seems we westerners might be doing the same thing in our misguided way. I hope we can find a middle way and not repeat mistakes of the past. On thing is for certain meditation is not a self help cure or a panacea of healing for mentally ill people who do not want to take their medication or who do not following the advice of their healthcare professional.

    What would you add?

    QP

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    1. I agree with that. Over the years, I’ve had associates who took online “seminars” and thought they could teach meditation without ever having any one on one coaching with someone knowledgeable.

      I’m hoping that somewhere within the large groups of people trying to follow the trend or the fad, some genuine students will emerge and help to propagate meditation properly.

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      1. Zen Buddhism, or Theravana. That being said, I’ve allowed myself to study up and read on a number of different faiths and practices. I’m fascinated by the differences and the similarities.

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      2. Yes I am fascinated as well. I practice vajrayana Buddhism. I think they are all connected and flow from one into another seamlessly. One cannot ignore the other completely but should also not be distracted from digging deep in one spot with one practice. I also really love Buddhist philosophy it is very profound.

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