Consciousness. Some define it as the state of being (which some call presence) awake (not in the dreams of thought) and aware of your surroundings and the happenings outside of your mind, as well as, inside your mind. Many will tell you that consciousness is love and love is consciousness. Many also believe it to be the awareness of our own existence, our minds and our beings, i.e. self-awareness. Some teachers point to consciousness as the awareness of all that exists. As if consciousness is the presence that underlies all of existence and is somehow aware of its own existence. As the student holds no limits on possibility, we are aware that no answers are finite.
You may have heard it before, perhaps even said it yourself: “oh, I was so busy in my thoughts that I was unaware of what was going on around me.” Or “I never would have mentioned it, had I known that.” “I was unaware of this, because I was busy with that.” “I was so preoccupied with this, I missed that.” “I was so engulfed by the repetitive workings of my conditioned, programed mind that I missed wonderful moments in my life. I was so unaware that I was spending a life time busy in my mind, while the true joy and splendor of the human existence passed me by. I was unaware. I was unconscious…”
A simple meditation, try it out here and there, when it comes to your mind, or not: You may be of a conscious level of being where you can make a choice or, maybe not quite yet. If you are not yet, that’s ok, you are in the process of waking up, be conscious of that, be aware of the process. Meditate on the moments when your awareness kicks in and on the moments when you realize that you are so deeply fixed on a thought that you lost awareness of the moment and the happenings going on inside and outside of you. It’s ok. Be aware of the additional conflict you mind creates when you realize you’re in there. Bring your attention to the moment (count your breaths, look at a tree, do whatever you do. Use whatever you use as a focus for your meditations), then point out to yourself your conscious awareness of what just happened. You were in thought, recognized you were there, focused on the moment and returned to presence. You returned to conscious awareness of the moment and all it contains.
It’s a new day, a new moment… Yours!