Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Power Of Awareness

Most of us live according to schedules involving routine activities every day, and one day is not much different from another. It's surprising how many people stumble over the bumps on their familiar path and never step back to look at their life. Maybe if we took the time to explore, we would want to make some changes--maybe not. But how can we know without awareness, the key that makes change possible?

We tend to cling to the familiar for various reasons. It feels predictable and safe, it allows us to avoid looking at things we don't want to see, we don't have to change if we don't see the need, and what would other people think if we changed? Running through each day on the same path is like a horse wearing blinders. He's so used to jumping over the boulders in the road, he doesn't realize there's a smoother path available, or maybe his path will become smoother if he just runs fast enough.

Change can be scary, and sometimes we just settle for survival instead of life, figuring this is it. The years pass, and we look back wondering where the time went. What happened? Well, nothing happened. We never took the time to see where we were and where we were going. So now we're still where we were then. And that was the problem.

Learning to be aware can lead to new experiences we never thought possible. Not for me, you say. Well, take the risk. Look outside yourself. What kinds of people and situations do you find? Look inside yourself. Do you find peace or turmoil? If you like what you find, then keep what you have and work on expanding your life for more good. There's always room for growth. But if you don't like what you find, then ask yourself why you've stayed on this path. Did you just not realize, or are you afraid of something? Use the eyes of your mind and heart, and become aware of not only what you're doing, but why.

Awareness is the key that opens life. Now you can work on removing the obstacles and move forward on the path you want. The banquet table is full. Don't settle for day-old bread.

Happy exploring and brighter days ahead.

Marilyn

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