Wasting time, being lazy, numbing your mind, distracting yourself from what is important to you. We all do this to an extent. Most people do it incessantly. A minority of people have come as close as one can get to mastering their psychology and thus very rarely give in to unconsciousness. To be constantly giving in to unconsciousness is either to hate life, to hate yourself, or to think that you will live forever.
Addicted to Unconsciousness
Our society is addicted to numbing our minds. We constantly need to be externally stimulated in order to feel okay. This comes in the form of drugs, junk food, mindless television, scrolling through social media, sleeping excessively, thinking too much, wasting time, and avoiding our priorities.
We do this because there is a part of us that is in pain and that part of us cannot stand to be present to the moment, calm, at ease, and fully aware, because to be fully awake would mean to be fully aware and embracing of that which is causing us pain.
We get so caught up in our heads that we forget what truly matters and how things actually are. In our minds, life is much harder and more intolerable than it actually is. In our minds we’re someone who is unworthy and permanently inadequate. Our perception of time gets distorted and our brain tricks us into thinking that we have all of the time in the world and that our victim mentality is perfectly justified. The truth about the world and the truth about ourselves gets twisted and distorted by our thinking minds.
The truth is that life is terrifyingly short, that we are incredibly, incredibly lucky to be alive right now. The truth is that nothing good comes from unconsciousness and distracting yourself from the present moment. The truth is that happiness and fulfillment is found in the only place in which the real you exists and that is the present moment. Authentic happiness and fulfillment is nurtured from being fully awake and from fully engaging yourself with life, and from striving to better yourself and offering value into the lives of others.
Waking Up and Embracing Reality
Initially it feels terrifying to have to face the reality about yourself, to face all of your fears, insecurities, inadequacies, and uncomfortable truths about yourself. But once you do, all of that fear washes away, and you are immediately met with a sense of enormous gratitude for yourself, and you are also met with a clarity about what you need to do in order to overcome your insecurities and inadequacies.
It feels amazing to be fully awake and fully present. It is in each present moment where the real you exists and nowhere else. Your mind subverts this by fixating on the past or the future, and you can combat your mind by focusing on what is real and what is right in front of you.
Embrace the life you’ve been given, embrace owning who you are in all your glory, and embrace living a life committed to constant improvement. This is the way to pay respect to the fact that you were blessed with a life. It’s time to wake up and fully embrace who you are.