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I came across this blog post from the great Leigh Costa during the holidays. She discussed the importance of recognizing the thoughts and actions that we are putting in our little white boxes.
I know what you are thinking, and I do. I think all of us are on autopilot. If you’re driving down the road and you’re thinking, “I have a horrible headache,” you have a headache. But you don’t say to yourself, “I’m trying to drive down the road.” You might think, “I am about to have a terrible headache. I will not drive very fast.
Well, there is an old saying, “if youre not busy, you dont have to be busy,” and that is very true. But its not necessarily true when you are busy. When you are busy, you need to stop and think about what you are doing. What are you thinking about? Are you having a bad day? If you are not aware of this, you will be doing it all wrong, and you will probably have a terrible headache by the end of it.
So if you’re having a bad day, then you probably already know the main reason why, but when you aren’t aware of this, you will probably end up doing it all wrong, and you will probably end up having a terrible headache. What you need to do is get a good head over this.
And I love how you talk about the “good” and “bad” in this sentence. I think this is the most important thing to realize when you are thinking like this. Because what you are doing isn’t good. So if you are not aware of this, you will end up doing it all wrong, and you will probably end up having a terrible headache.
It’s a little crazy to assume that a person can’t do anything in this world without doing something that isnt good. But if you are not aware of this when you are doing something that isnt good, then you are not aware of your ability to be aware of it all.
People who are living in a state of consciousness do not recognize their current state. So if you are not aware of that, you are not aware of your current state. For example, when you are going on a long drive, you could be looking at scenery, or you could be thinking about what you are going to have for dinner. But if you are not aware of what you are doing you are not aware of your current state.
This same principle applies to consciousness: You could be asleep but you could still be aware.
If you were not aware of your current state, you might think you were awake, which in turn could lead to the wrong behavior because you would not know how to act in the situation you were in. Being aware of your current state is not the same thing as being aware of your current actions. We all feel ourselves to be in a state, but when we act, we have a sense of what we are doing.
In other words, it’s all about how you perceive your actions, not how you actually act. If you were not aware of your actions, you would not be aware of your current state. If you are unaware of how you are acting, you will not be aware of your current state.