We all have those moments in which we become completely engulfed in something to the point of not recognizing what’s happening around us or within us (our thoughts or feelings). An example of this may be focusing so much on a situation that has angered us that we fail to recognize the birds flying above us, the feel of the hard sidewalk pressed against our feet as we go for a walk, or the sound of our significant other’s voice as they speak to us. In fact, many of us experience these instances everyday – whether for a brief moment or an entire day, we go on automatic. We start the car, drive to work, and forget the entire drive because we were somewhere else mentally. This, is the opposite of mindfulness.
Award-winning author and physician Deepak Chopra stated regarding a documentary he was in a few years ago titled “Mindfulness: Be Happy Now” that many people don’t realize they are what he calls “biological robots”. He stated, “They are machines. There is no difference between you and your computer.”
Ask yourself the following questions right now:
- Are you currently aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations?
- What is most important to you in life?
- How would you most describe your life?
- What do you regularly experience?
- What is your sense of self?
- What are you searching for?
- How do you describe your relationships?
- How do you describe your will power?
- What does your thinking tend to be towards?
- What do you spend much of your time doing?
These questions can give you some insight into who you are, how you experience life, and how you wish to live your life. You don’t have to have direct answers to these questions right away – many people understand these questions more as they practice mindfulness and meditation, two ways of increasing self-awareness and enhancing one’s spirituality and connectedness with the world.
The next time you get caught up in the busyness of life, stop yourself for a brief moment and “check in”. Take inventory of your thoughts and emotions, and how your reality is unfolding at that very moment. Take interest in what is happening around you; breathe it in like fresh air. This is living. This is mindfulness. This is life.
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