Posting my Friday Favorites today just didn’t seem right. This week the running world lost two runners to tragedy and my heart goes out to their families. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I just finished an hour and fifteen minutes of yoga, which for me, brings enlightenment and perspective.
What I want to focus on today is awareness.
Most of us live our lives in our own little bubble, focused on our work, family, problems and stresses. When we live in these bubbles we lose awareness of our surroundings and the other people around us. How many times have you driven the same route, only to realize when you get there, you really don’t recall the actual drive?!?! **raising my hand** Scary, right? I have done this numerous times, I am so trapped in my own thoughts that I just drive to my destination with our any real awareness of how I even go there, which can be dangerous.
Awareness extends beyond driving, because this type of “autopilot” actually occurs in every aspect of our lives, whether we are driving, walking, running, working or just hanging out with our family and friends. I get so lost in my thought sometimes that I don’t even hear someone when they are talking to me, complete unawareness of my surroundings.
Take a look at your life and I know you will come across times throughout your day when you go into “autopilot”. For me, it happens more times than I would like to admit, just ask my husband.
With awareness, comes clarity. We see the world differently. We see others. We become aware of our actions and their consequences. We see what is important and what isn’t. We become mindful of our surroundings.
With awareness we can truly live our life to the fullest each day. We can appreciate our lives for what they are and for the people we have in them. We can see the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.
With awareness we can see and appreciate the true meaning of what it means to be alive.
My goal this year is not to merely exist or survive, it is to become more aware and to truly live my life.