The wild mind will make us homeless at home
Our mind is extremely powerful and restless. Through its thoughts, It can go from one end of the universe to another within a moment. It can similarly shift our emotions toward someone from immense attraction to utter aversion, again within a moment.
Home is the place where we feel protected, comforted, connected. Yet when we are driven by our mind, we can be dragged far away from the very people that make us feel at home — till we end up feeling lonely, suspicious, miserable. Someone may be physically close to us, but emotionally our mind can take us light years away from them. When our relationships with our loved ones become strained, we need to check whether our mind is making us averse to them.
The Bhagavad-gita (06.34) cautions that our mind is restless, reasonless, relentless, ruthless — it is like a furious wind. Just as a stormy wind can sweep things far away and is unstoppable, our mind can sweep us — our emotions, our thoughts, our consciousness — far away from everything we value. And once our mind acquires force, it soon becomes unstoppable.
That’s why we need to check the mind before it gains momentum, by not giving undue attention to its petty gripes or irrational mood swings.
More importantly, we need to lead the mind to its ultimate home: our all-loving Lord, Krishna. When we habituate ourselves to focusing on him by practicing bhakti-yoga, the mind finds shelter and satisfaction in his remembrance. Thereby, its restlessness decreases, for its hyperactivity is ultimately meant to find safety and pleasure.
If we don’t feel sufficiently at home in our home, we can begin by training our mind to find its home in Krishna. Being thus mentally stabilized, we can deal with issues appropriately and thereby find our way home, both materially and spiritually.
Think it over:
- How can our mind make us feel homeless at home?
- How can we check our stormy mind?
- How does focusing on Krishna calm our mind?
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