26 May 2011

Focused Awareness

Submitted by Stephen Winters
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We are not aware of everying in our surroundings or our environment. We are aware of the things that we choose to be aware of or that are "in our face" at the present time. For instance, we are not aware of the

Going through life there are many little affects (disturbances) that can't reasonably be fixed, but that can only be attended to.

Awareness is that sense in you that is "turned on" to notice the seemingling small and insignificant things in your life and/or environment. For example, We just purchased a house recently. A refrigerator (which is about 8-10 years old) came with the house. One of the defects in the refrigerator is that whenever you open the door to the freezer, a tiny light on the outside of the door (mean to light up the area where you get ice and water on the front of the door) is turned on. About 7 years ago the manufacture sent out a recall notice for clients to have that fixed at no charge. But now, after these 7 years, that free repair option has ceased. So, our options are to either pay for a service call + labor + parts, or to just live with it. Not having a lot of extra money, we are just living with it. In the larger scheme of things, it just a small insignificant trifle. No one else in the family seems to pay any attention to the light. The point of all this explanation is that I have chosen to be aware of the light and turn it off each time I go by it. At this point it is an almost automatic habit.

Awareness is often coupled with some type of response. Sometimes that response is an action, sometimes it is just an appreciation of what we see, hear, taste, touch or smell.

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