“When the robot mind is mastered, undisciplined thinking can and is replaced by awareness. Awareness can know love.” – Barry Long
Going through the day on automatic pilot is something most people can identify with at times. Who hasn’t felt like a zombie just going through the motions, trying to accomplish seemingly boring or repetitive tasks without giving them much thought? Letting our minds go elsewhere, not being in the moment – we’ve all done that, right? Well, we aren’t robots, so maybe this isn’t such a good idea. Maybe we should tune in, take a time out and think about the here and now. In essence, celebrate what it is to be human and to live in the present. This is called awareness.
And it can lead to love.
Powerful statement, to be sure, but there’s a certain element of truth to it. How? Read on.
When you’re so overcome by all that you have to do and seek to numb out – whether it’s through mindlessly surfing the Internet, scanning likes and/or updating social media, downing a few quick cocktails, smoking a joint or snorting a line – you’re robbing yourself of what’s real and true in life. Granted, living in the present may entail dealing with messy problems, addressing painful emotions or attempting to puzzle through difficulties to arrive at workable solutions, but it also involves appreciating the beauty and wonder of all that is before us. You can’t do that if you’re a robot – or a zombie.
You also cannot possibly love yourself or another if you walk through life without being present. To love is to be aware, to exert kindness without expectation of reciprocity, to reach out and offer to help those who need it, to encourage and counsel and always be present for those you care about. Robots can’t do that. Humans can.
For all who believe that life is too complicated to cultivate awareness, be advised that it surely is not. You can learn to become aware. The first step is committing to doing it. The second step is to start now. The third step is to continue to remind yourself to focus on what’s happening this second, to you and around you. Notice the world. Relish the opportunities you have in the present. Appreciate the gift of life that you have. Act accordingly.
Will you know love? First, love yourself. Loving others – and being loved in turn – will follow. But only if you are aware. Otherwise, love will go unnoticed, unappreciated and unrequited.