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"Most people don't live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts -- generally somebody else's -- mechanical emotions, mechanical actions." -- Anthony de Mello
"Of course I'm conscious!" you reply. But are you really?
The truth is that most of us are basically asleep all the time. We're lost in thoughts of the past and the future. We're unconscious of the habits and beliefs that keep us stuck in the same old patterns. We're oblivious to what's possible for us.
We only truly live life when we are present to the moment. And being present means being fully conscious of what's going on - within us and around us so we can participate fully and authentically in the opportunities that present themselves.
It's only when we can be present to the moment that we can grow in relationships, abundance, health, service, creativity and consciousness.
When we are unaware, we unconsciously choose the way we always have in the past. And those old patterns don't usually serve our highest interests. As de Mello said, we "live mechanical lives."
When was the last time you were aware of being aware? That is being conscious.
When was the last time you had an original creative thought?
How can we become aware? It's quite simple, really. All we need to do is to STOP and pay attention! What does this mean?
When we pay attention, we bring our minds into the present moment. We're no longer lost in thoughts or feelings connected with the past or future. We become fully conscious of what's really happening, both inside and outside of ourselves, right now.
With awareness, we can tune into our senses. We can go more deeply into ourselves with openness and honesty. This gives space to what is. And this, in turn, often brings us new understanding -- a new level of truth for us.
For example, when I STOP and pay attention, I may begin to notice:
When we bring an awake and open mind to the present moment, we can discover so many interesting facets of our lives:
With awareness, we can uncover our true thoughts and feelings. We move from
robot to the real thing. Our authentic selves have an opportunity to introduce
themselves and to have a say in how we live our lives. The more we make choices
based on our true nature, the more our lives nurture and fulfill us. And we
begin to discover that deeper truths, guidance and soul connection are always
available to us.
The rewards of paying attention are well worth the effort. And the good news is you have everything you need every moment to wake up to your own truth.
John and Patrice Robson
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