Via Tecta (Sacred Way)

Doing Mind vs Being Mind

7 Features of the “Doing Mind”, Emphasized More By The Western Culture

1. Automatic (being connected to the autopilot)

2. Focuses on the past and future (doesn’t concentrate fully on the “now”)

3. It takes advantage of thoughts (senses are not functioning as an input)

4. Thinks that our thoughts are real (let’s put a “!” here)

5. Escapes from uncomfortable experiences (how can we find solutions if we run away?)

6. Wants that this moment changes (sometimes it ignores the moment)

7. Focuses on the goal until it reaches the goal, or until it gets tired (sometimes the target gets more important than the journey itself)


7 Features of the “Being Mind”, Emphasized More By The Eastern Culture

1. Works with intent (not automatic)

2. Focuses on the now (E.g. “What are you feeling now?”)

3. Works with senses (senses are giving us a variety of facts as an input)

4. Doesn’t escape from experiences (to experience means to learn)

5. Accepts experiences as they are (good or bad)

6. Perceives thoughts as processes of the mind (thoughts belong to the mind, not to the entire being)

7. It realizes the whole process from a broader point of view (uses the meta position, sees the whole picture)

Source: Advayta Yoga Program training notes; notes in (): Hygeia

So is it a bad thing, this “Doing Mind”? No, it’s actually useful, just like the “Being Mind”. It is very important when we are working, setting up an organization, doing our daily chores, accompanying children to school and in their private time. But it can interfere with us when we want to look at ourselves, dive deep into our inner being, do work on our self-identity.

Then how can we switch from the “Doing Mind”, where we are constantly, to the “Being Mind”? By focusing on the body. How can we focus on the body? Actually by focusing on our 5 most basic senses. We think that we are already focused, but be sure that most of us are no longer able to use our 5 senses to their full potential. However, if we could use them,we would be able to be aware of our other (unknown or not taught to us) senses.

Which tools can we use to connect to our 5 senses? Breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga, etc. Keep following our “Take A Break” category 🙂

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