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There is a difference between Awareness and Consciousness. Awareness requires thought, and consciousness has no thoughts. It is an observer not a thinker. We cannot monitor it like our thoughts. It is a part of us that has the ability to travel outside of you. If you could step out of your body and witness yourself from the outside then you are consciousness. The best example I can offer you is to stand in front of a mirror and look back at yourself. You are the person standing in front of the mirror and your conscious is what is looking back at you. Consciousness is the observer of your life.
Awaken Doing is to experience the full effect of what you do by doing it consciously.
I’ve heard it said, “we were meant to live life ; not just exist in it”. If you believe that’s true, then you must fully experience everything you do at the time you are doing it. Many of us go through life in a robotic state. We allow the routine of our day to take us through the motions of life without experiencing it. An example of this often happens while taking a shower. So many of us get into the shower fully aware of our intent, but then the routine of our task begins to take over and so do our thoughts. Without realizing it we have invited thoughts of our day to surface and take our attention away from what we are doing. Most of the time we get through our shower just fine, but on occasion we step out and realize we forgot to rinse the shampoo out of our hair. That is an example of going through the motions of life without fully participating. When tasks become routine it is easy to turn on the robotic switch and go through the motions of our day, but if we do then we are only half living. Allow yourself to completely engage in everything you do. Next time you take a shower allow yourself to experience every drop of water as it hits your body like a gentle message. Absorb the smell of the scents that are in your shower products and feel every scrub across your body as you wash away your thoughts. Notice the difference in the way you experience the shower. The end result is the same, but one you were completely engaged in and the other you did by memory. Something as routine as a shower can bring you joy if you do it mindfully. Live life completely.
Remember the smile on your face or giggle in your voice as you shared the joy of your excitement. Expressions of enthusiasm are unforgettable moments that nurture our inner self.
Always focus your attention on the gifts in life. There will be times when things are not going all that great and it seems impossible to be enthusiastic, but don’t allow the cloudiness of circumstances keep you from seeing the bigger picture. There is always a clear picture and it is frequently overlooked in times of trouble. When you accept the small stuff for what it really is, you free yourself from its ability to hold you back from the truth. And, if you allow yourself to be absorbed by the small stuff than your enthusiasm for life will be small because you surrendered your joy to the limits within the boundaries of small. I’ll share my experience with this very thing. One day I was sitting in my backyard when I noticed I was allowing the small stuff to keep me from enjoying the bigger picture. I am blessed to have a landscape of large gorgeous trees to enjoy – a wall of natural beauty – and to think I would overlook its amazement to focus in on its flaws was ridiculous, but every time I looked at the trees my eyes zoomed in on the dead spots and broken branches. It occurred to me that my internal dialogue was pointing out the flaws rather than allowing me to see the natural beauty within the broken branches. I questioned the thought and wondered if that was how I viewed life. Was I focusing on flaws (small stuff) and overlooking the bigger picture? I started paying closer attention to what my eyes were drawn to and as I walked into my bedroom, my eyes immediately zoomed in on what my internal dialogue considered a flaw. The blanket on my bed was hanging lower than the bed cover. Obviously, not something I should be concerned about, but it was my awareness to the attention I gave it that helped me realize I was limiting the space to a much bigger picture that offer me more than I was willing to see. I laughed with joy knowing my outer reflection was a glimpse of how I probably viewed most things. I had shut down the wonders of a bigger picture by giving my attention to the small stuff. What an amazing gift it was to reveal this truth. Enthusiasm will always be available if you look beyond the surface to reveal the bigger picture.
Giving of yourself is the greatest gift you can offer someone when you give from a place of purity. Genuine giving expects nothing in return and doesn’t look for pats on the back. It’s an act that is offered without expecting results or moments or glory. There are endless ways to give – you can give your time by helping someone or a cause. You can give your shoulder to lean on or to cry upon. You can give an embrace to comfort or to congratulate. You can give a “hello” to a stranger; a smile to a friend. You can give thoughtfulness by holding the door open for someone. You can give an opening to the driver who wants to change lanes. You can give directions, or advice. Being a giving person enhances your life and your spirit, but don’t do it to enhance your life or to lift your spirit because that is your ego (don’t let your ego do the giving, or the action will become about you). Do it because it is the loving thing to do. Expect nothing, and experience everything…GIVE!
Sharing words and thoughts can help others gain knowledge and wisdom or help them find strength within the words. There are millions of people in the world who are searching for answers to questions in life, and every one of us has something to share that may be the answer. Reach out to others by SHARING your gifts!