How much of our time do we spend in mind, body and soul numbing tasks? How many of us will spend the majority of our lives in a state of disassociation? I hear a lot of buzz about “living” and I think the permutation of the meaning of this word is interesting, it has become synonymous with “significance,” however “living” is really just the normal function of our bodies, our physicality; significance, or meaning in the acts that we perform in daily life is where we begin to find the connections that we seek with the greater forces at work in the universe. Meaning, as it were, exists in tasks as well as in stillness, but it requires presence in the moment to find it.
How do we find presence?
I have assigned triggers to remind myself to be present, for example opening a door, touching a doorknob, feeling its state of solidity reminds me to take notice what is happening around me, to recognize how I feel, what I am thinking and finally how I am connected to all of it…seems like a lot to assign to one simple function/act, but this of course occurs in a split second once it becomes second nature to you.
Why bother? For me, it is a reminder of the importance of all acts, of how everything we do has an impact, even the inhale and exhale of breath changes something, blood oxygen levels, clarity of thought…you get the point.
If we recognize the importance in all acts whether passive or active, then we should recognize our responsibility in what we do, passively or actively. If we come back around to the disassociation that has become common place among the majority of people, we can begin to see why it is vital that we awaken presence in our lives and in our consciousness. The lack of presence has removed our responsibility in our actions or at least the sense of it; we must recognize that responsibility still exists, it is simply a matter of whether or not we actively engage presence and responsibility or disconnect from it completely.
So, the next time you have one of those moments when you can’t recall what you’ve been doing for the past few hours, rather than trying to retrieve what you’ve glossed over, use that as your “trigger” and take a moment to be present…eventually the habit of presence will become first nature.