Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Being Aware of Life Around You

Have you ever went somewhere and when you arrived, thought to yourself, "How the hell did I get here?" because you really don't remember?

I do that all the time. I show up places, especially when I'm tired and wonder how I got there. If you added alcohol to this equation, I'm sure that I wouldn't remember any of them. However, you got there because you were unconsciously aware of where you needed to go. So good in fact, that you did it all yourself without remembering doing it. Your brain focused on the task at hand and it got done. But what other happenings did you miss in that process?

I've really realized that I live my life much like this.

I've noticed that at any one given time, I am doing 2 or 3 things instead of really focusing my attention and efforts on what's in front of me. Even writing this particular blog, I am checking my phone, email, and facebook in betweeen. In fact, while doing this, I accidentally deleted the first version of this blog. This casualty of war came from me not successfully being focused on the task at hand. UGH. More evidence!

Why is it that I was never aware of it?

I mean, nowadays we talk on the phone while staring at the TV, the computer, or while driving. My favourite is when you are speaking to someone right in front you, and I am texting or checking my phone like they aren't even there. I do that shit ALL THE TIME, and never noticed it. We hear the people around us all the time, yet we don't listen to what it is that they are saying, or the message they want to convey.

I miss so much in not living in the present moment.

I look at it like this. Life throws signs and signals at you a thousand times a day. If you are alert, see and recognize it, you catch it. If you aren't, you miss it. If you miss it, you probably won't even know it. Then we say things like "I'm waiting for my luck to change" even though it has been presented to us, but in a way that we simply didn't understand or see because we weren't alert in the moment. We were concentrating too much, or too little and we missed it entirely.

However, our inability to see this is exactly what is holding us back from getting what we want.

Here is a great example of what I am talking about in this short video...

So I never saw the moonwalking bear, and the second time I saw it, wondered how the hell I could have missed it?! Then I thought about how many moonwalking bears I must have missed in my life while looking for something else that I "thought" I wanted....
So how about you?

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