Consciousness is the foundation for everything we have and do in our lives, but this gift of awareness is so often overlooked or overshadowed by the grumbling of the egoic mind.
You could live a seemingly blessed existence, surrounded by luxury and comfort that few people can even dream of, yet still find a multitude of things to worry and complain about.
In contrast, there are those that seem to have very little in terms of monetary wealth or possessions, but they lead – by and large - happy, fulfilled lives.
Is the awareness of consciousness – the ability to see and feel life for what it really is, not the illusion our minds create - the key to contentment?
No matter what faith or belief you have - maybe you feel certain we’re reincarnated; that we go to some magical, happy, gated-community in the sky, or somewhere a bit hotter; that we’re here as a spark of life, surrounded on both sides by half an eternity of nothingness - one thing is for sure: we will never walk this Earth in the same form again, once we pass the moment of death.
It seems a terrible waste of life to wrap ourselves in a blanket of discontent and fear… to let concerns of how others perceive us be a barrier from taking action and setting out on a journey to achieve our dreams…
Our own minds judge us through speculating on how other people judge us. It’s a bizarre mental interplay that holds so many of us back.
If you had no life or consciousness, then you suddenly flashed into existence, wouldn’t that be a beautiful thing to experience? The colours, sounds, intricate details of the world around you… the heat of the Sun, the scent of the trees… it would be an awesome, magical adventure of discovery.
We all have that ability, to experience the world afresh, every moment, but as we become accustomed to what once filled us with awe and wonder, we fall back to a robotic unconsciousness and lose sight of the greatness of life.
Look around yourself and take in all the things you should be thankful for, whether it’s your children, your pets, your partner, your parents, your siblings, the roof over your head, the food in the fridge, the water that runs from your taps, the amazing communication devices that hook you up with the rest of the world, the light from the Sun or the clouds in the sky…
We should be dizzy and drunk on the joy of life, not – instead – focussing on all of the perceived negatives we can find, which cloak the beauty we’re both surrounded by and also an integral part of.
Whoever or whatever caused us to have it, consciousness is such a precious gift.
Cherish your present.