Do I live being conscious that I live?

Contributed by Isabel Hernández Negrin from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,


When we walk down the street, we tend to keep on thinking unintentionally. If we watch the people that we cross on the way, we can observe that they walk with a look that depends on the external stimuli or is lost, thinking unintentionally about just anything and, sometimes, speaking to themselves.

Seldom do we see a lively look, someone who would walk peacefully enjoying the walk. How is your case?

We tend to live rather mechanically, driven by the haste to do something in the immediate future, something that is not in the present moment in which I am living.

If I’m working, I long for the time to go out for breakfast or to smoke a cigarette, or the time to finish work and leave for home.

If I’m at home making food, I long to finish so I could to sit and rest. Very rarely the mind is where my body is.

It is often busy remembering or imagining, but it is never in the present moment.

As long as my mind remains entangled in the past or in the future, mechanically, I will barely be conscious of what is happening within me or around me. If we agree that life is what happens in the present moment and that our mind is never there, we will also agree that we are not usually conscious that we live.

Living like this implies anxiety, tension, depression, etc. It is the price for a mind not trained well to be present.

If in your life there is stress, anxiety, displeasure… maybe it would be a good idea for you to question your way of living. Living conscious of what you live, is a way to distance yourself from the discomfort that you only offer yourself.

You can start by doing something simple. Whenever you walk, bring your attention to the sensations of your body: your feet, your breath, the air or the sun on your skin. Put it into practice and observe the changes. You can do it, if you do it intentionally.