I’m going to change directions here for a bit. Like many of you, I’ve been exploring the nature of consciousness – what it means, how it works, and all the other standard queries. I’ve been reading up on brain physiology, Buddhism, philosophy, history, and art for about three years now. This is, of course, just scratching the surface, but I thought I’d start to slowly share what I’ve learned.
I recognize that this might at first blush seem at odds with my usual business and design drivel. But in fact, it’s not. I’m exploring conscious living as a means by which I can achieve my goals. And I’ve got to tell you, it works really well.
I’ve titled this a “New Series”. That would imply that I have a structured plan to write a limited series of posts over a given period. That’s perhaps a tad misleading. I have no specific intentions other than to share those thoughts and experiences that have helped me in my work and my home life.
So, without further ado I give you: Constructive steps towards living consciously (aka, getting what you want)
There are certain patterns of thought that lead to distraction and variation from a chosen path. Those patterns can be realized, and subsequently broken by simple observation.
The challenge is to develop the perspective to be able to recognize the patterns, and to get used to the escape routes – to break the loop.
In my case, this means that I’ve got to practice the behaviors that make consciousness easier. These include writing, meditation, and exercise.
It’s interesting to note that after one work week into the new year, I’m falling back in to old modes of behavior. This is not surprising – lifelong habits don’t break easily. The very act of writing this though, is to be celebrated as significant step towards developing a new mode of conscious living.
To me, conscious living requires the ability to separate from the mundane trivia of the moment so I can see ‘reality’ for what it truly is. That’s the goal – to see and experience the truth, free from biases or blinders.
Just a minor little goal.
Still, one within our reach. At least to some degree.
So being here, being in this moment of time, of experience, free from the burden of worry and fret, is the vehicle by which we can achieve our goals.
The behaviors required to achieve those goals then, become the paramount priorities, not secondary (or tertiary) activities to be completed as time and mood allow. These behaviors become the gateway by which other functions flow. Not the other way around.
That’s it for now. What are your thoughts on the subject?