Deepak Chopra has always been a fascinating person to learn from. A few months ago he began posting a series of articles about The Conscious Lifestyle. It is essentially about living your life and really being in it. Participatory living.
In one of his LinkedIn posts he writes, “Being conscious comes down to awareness, which must be as clear as possible. If your awareness is dulled by routine work, it isn’t clear.”
Routine work – doesn’t that sound familiar? How many of us get up at the same time, eat the same thing, go to the same places, do the same activities and go to bed at the same time without even being aware of any of it? It’s like driving home and soundly realizing you can’t remember the last few blocks – you were on automatic pilot. This dulled awareness can creep into our relationships, our work – even our fun time can start to feel routine and rote. And isn’t that why we long for vacations? They break our routines and awaken our awareness.
One of the things I love about travelling is that it breaks life down to the basic choices and re-introduces those choices to our life. What will we eat today? Where will we go? What will we do? Where will we sleep? And, as the day unfolds, we actually make these decisions instead of doing what has always been done or what our schedule tells us to. It is living consciously.
Like an exercise that you might do to keep your back strong or your heart healthy, rolling the dice keeps our ‘conscious living’ muscles limber.