A person is alive only to the degree that he or she is aware. To make the most of life we must constantly strive to be aware of the importance of being aware.
Be Aware of Yourself: We should be aware of who we are and what we want to be. We should be aware of our ideals and purposes and our relationship to the Infinite.
Be Aware of Your Senses and Use Them: So often we are distracted and unconscious of the riches our senses can pour into our lives. We eat food without tasting it, listen to music without hearing it, smell without experiencing the pungency of odors and the delicacy of perfumes, touch without feeling the grain or texture, and see without appreciating the beauty around us.
Be Aware of People: This calls for sensitivity, an empathy that will make us aware of the inner thoughts of people--sadness, loneliness, discouragement, joy. This is often an extrasensory awareness. We should see people not as part of a crowd, but as individuals with needs, longings, and aspirations.
Be Aware of Our Environment: We should be aware of our surroundings, both our community and our country, and of the influences that now mold our world so that we can play our part in the life of our times. We should be aware of significant events in politics, science, and religion and find in them the true and meaningful.
The secret of being more vitally alive is to be more aware. Starting today, from this moment, become aware of awareness!
Wilferd A. Peterson
July 26th - Just for today, I’ll slow down and notice what’s around me
Life is always walking up to us and saying, Come on in, the living's fine, and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
We all need to be at least a little bit mindful to get through our days with the best of what life has to offer. I’ve found that it doesn’t matter much what we do or work at; as long as we do it with full awareness and acceptance, we will enjoy it.
Focusing on one task at a time, putting yourself fully into that task, is much more effective than multi-tasking. Focusing on one real goal at a time is also more effective.
It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
Just as you would savor your food by eating it more slowly, do everything this way, slow down and savor each and every moment. When you are constantly aware, every experience becomes a lesson in life. Time is the greatest opportunity of your life. Don't waste a minute of it.
It's all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment,and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.
Charles de Lint
Charles de Lint