DR SANJAY TEOTIA explains what consciousness is and how it applies to our daily life

Consciousness is our own unique way of processing information, rather than merely imbibing it in a way that won’t be meaningful or individuated for us. It helps us to process information on the basis of our personal needs and ever-changing interactions with our environment.

Three main basic cognitive processes contribute together to this unique way of information processing — namely the self, our own attention span and working memory. Consciousness increases the likelihood that we will direct their attention and movements  to whatever is most important for survival and reproduction.

Stream of consciousness is a metaphor describing how thoughts seem to flow through the conscious mind. The full range of thoughts that one can be aware of forms the content of this stream. Consciousness is an intrinsic property of all thoughts (even of infants) by which the subject becomes aware of the thought itself.

Our experience of consciousness is functional because we use it to guide and control our behaviour and to think logically about problems. Consciousness is about everything you experience; even about the tune stuck in one’s head. The origin and nature of these experiences have been a mystery from the earliest days of antiquity up to the present. Consciousness and well-being offers a unique window into the science and art of our understanding of the mind and applying it to cultivating well-being in our personal lives and professional work. Well-being includes psychological wellness and there are a number of totally different methods by which this can be achieved. Well-being is not only about an absence of sickness or illness, but also includes the absence of psychological sickness.

Dr Sanjay Teotia

How can one describe psychological well-being? It occurs when an individual can develop his or her abilities, as well as take care of the basic pressures of life on a regular basis. It means that such an individual can work properly and contribute to the group he or she is a part of at work or at home.

Consciousness is a natural and integral part of all humans and is at the core of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual functions that we perform throughout our lives. We also tend to be too occupied with and are always distracted by the daily business of living to be fully aware of our own consciousness. More often than not, we are so involved in our materialistic world or in our own emotional realm that we are not too deeply involved with our own level of consciousness.

The more grateful we are for our existence, the better we will be in gratitude and have reverence for our life. Consciousness and well-being teaches us to tap into hope, gratitude, joy, beauty and other  nourishing energies of our life.

If we achieve wisdom and develop our mind skills with meaningful and regular meditation sessions and yoga practice, we will also be able to achieve mind and body wellness of the highest possible level. In short, consciousness enhances our capacity for perception and understanding and is the basis of our existence.

Dr. Sanjay Teotia is Joint Director, Medical & Health, Lucknow. He is a prolific spiritual writer and his articles appear regularly in Navbharat Times and in Times of India, apart from YoursPositively

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