I was chatting with a friend the other day about the importance of mindfulness (self awareness and consciousness in general) and its role in resolving, changing, growing, and learning something new. Whether you’re wanting to kick a bad habit (the real reason why maybe those resolutions are sticking), adopt a different lifestyle, or push your boundaries a little – it’s worth while recognizing the who, what, where, when and why’s of how you got to where you are, and how you can begin to evolve. Awareness. And I’m not about to go all “deep” on the subject about “What does awareness and consciousness really mean?” and “How do we get there?“. I’m simply going to reiterate something from a TED talk that just clicked: curiosity my friends.
I mean, maybe you’re not curious at all, but I dare you…It’s one thing to pay attention, but another to question why. It’s in our nature to be curious, it’s how we learned everything we know. But there is a difference between just knowing something cognitively like “I know I shouldn’t eat that” and following through on the curiosity process of acknowledging why we shouldn’t eat that. It’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom. When you ask yourself “who will it affect” “how it will affect” “why it’s important” “when is the right timing” “what is it that I really desire” “where is the best atmosphere for me to be” then you enter mindfulness!
1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2.a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
It’s funny because it’s kind of a paradox. Focus on being present but calmly acknowledge your feelings AND thoughts AND sensations? Whoa, that’s kind of a lot to process before I can feel this enlightened sense of mindfulness. It ain’t easy, but it’s definitely a process that becomes easier the more you practice and adopt it into your life! From starting once a week, to daily, to becoming a part of almost every decision/action you make in a day. Mindfulness is a part of understanding who you are, and tuning into your desires.
The reality is, we need to digest IT all (Big and small picture). Sooner rather than later. Not necessarily make sense of it all right here and now, but at least engage, acknowledge, and become consciousness so you can choose to A) make a clear decision or B) let it go. And all you had to do was just be curious about it.
Here’s the TED talk. Never stop being curious!
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