Shackman, who never fails surprise me came up with this intriguing topic for this week’s Friday blog post. Despite his asserting in a comment on one of my blog posts that the rest of the seven bloggers in this group are not common folk by any stretch of the imagination, I must confess that I am a very common person ordinary to a boring level and just ordinary things keep happening to me. So let us examine this ordinary mind on an ordinary day. I do admit that there will be extraordinary days occasionally but, by and large what follows is my normal, at least while the chinese virus ties me down to my home.
As Wolf suggests, I shall focus on the activities of the mind rather than on my physical activities which in any case are of little importance as I hardly indulge in any major physical activity. The only exception being my daily morning routine of half an hour of yogabhyas adapted to my physical limitations.
My day starts with half an hour to forty five minutes of Vipassana Meditation. A major activity that endeavours to still the mind.
The other major activity for my mind is my daily dose of six newspapers and the seven crossword puzzles that appear in them.
Since the advent of WhatsApp, my mind is also occupied for a few minutes every hour reading all the messages that I get in it and in sharing some of them with those I think will appreciate receiving them. I rarely start a chain and so do not have to spend too much time on WhatsApp.
In the afternoons, my mind is occupied in answering my emails, catching up with blog posts of friends, commenting on them and also responding to comments on my blog posts. Once definitely and sometimes upto three times a week I also write a blog post.
The rest of the day is spent on reading periodicals and books, mostly on matters spiritual and Indian economics, history and politics.
My mind was distracted for a while at the beginning of the pandemic which made it difficult for me to focus on reading. This was diagnosed by my Psychiatrist as Anxiety which was being seen in many others too and following a course of supplements for a couple of weeks I returned to normal and since then haven’t not had any problems focussing on my reading.
Nothing else challenges my mind and it is peaceful and content with my present lifestyle. I have accepted the limitations that the pandemic has imposed on me and so have no problems with leading a more or less inside the home life style.
This is my contribution to this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.