Though it may seem that the mind is capable of doing many things at a time, it cannot. Instead the mind can switch tasks quickly and that happens one after the other.
Kudos to modern science for discovering this after the 1900s, but total respect to Ayurveda and India philosophy to have spoken the some 5000 years ago!
Think of seeing food in front of you. You see, hear, smell and taste the food. You feel the mind is into all of these thoughts at the same time. It is not. Even if we feel the mind is invested in multiple things at a time it isn’t.
Ayurveda quotes an interesting maxim for this – ‘utpala satadala suchivedha nyayam‘ When a needle is pierced quickly through a hundred lotus petals arranged one over the other, it may seem the needle pieces all 100 petals simultaneously but in reality, it makes piercing one after the other. The mind is like the needle here. Impressions happen one after the other.
So stop believing that your mind can multitask. Instead of doing many different things at a time, like having a coffee while typing on laptop while talking on the phone to the boss, try to do one task at time so that all your attention goes into one task, which means increased productivity!
Doctor Rekha is a 4th generation Ayurvedic Medicine Doctor (BAMS) living in between Dubai and India who has patients from around the globe who believes that the wisdom of Ayurveda can help everyone lead a happy, heathy and disease-free life.
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