The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.
I was stuck on what to write about today, but if I stick with my number one topic, awareness, I can always focus and come up with something meaningful to share. What level of awareness do you behold? We use our senses of sight, sound, touch, and taste to understand the world around us. Usually, we can attend to the various thoughts that are spinning around that pertain to our “story,” However, we miss so much more.
I like to do this simple exercise, especially in the summer: close your eyes and sit on the front porch or outside, mainly, and count all the sounds you hear. Do this first with your eyes open. You’ll probably name a couple of things without much focus or complete attention. However, if you relax and close your eyes and steady your breathing, you’ll hear a lot more.
You’ll begin to sense a lot more, too. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the small surroundings of your daily life and story. It is a minimal view and perspective. However, if you become aware of being aware, focus, and concentrate on the present moment, you’ll see that there’s so much more that we take for granted and are missing.
Deepak Chopra recommends this exercise: Take yourself out of your human world or “channel.” Observe another creature and how they go about their daily life. As you know, I like to observe all sorts of wildlife but find birds most intriguing and admirable. Observe their patterns of communication, their ways of life in terms of hunting, surviving, being. Observe how they gather their information through their senses.
Bats have impeccable sense. They can see in the dark and sense their prey through echolocation. These echo signals enable the bat to form a mental map of its surroundings. How wonderful! Imagine being a bat. What would you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell? How different are those perceptions from yours? Quite different, indeed.
We tend to limit our perceptions about this incredible world and all the creatures in it, giving thought only to our human channel. Let’s move forward with the idea that we are all one, right down to the most inanimate object. As a result, we’ll gain a better understanding, appreciation, and gratitude for all that is.