A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar.”I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?” “Nothing, ” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger. “No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold. I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Lately I am trying to live more consciously. Before I used to allow myself to be more absent minded and my thoughts were constantly wandering- in the future, in the past… but never here and now! The other day I was walking in the park ( yes…AGAIN 🙂 ), when I took a path that I have walked on a hundred times. In that moment I saw something beautiful. I can’t even put into words what I experienced! I felt as if I was in a fairy tale and I could see everything around me a lot closer, more beautiful and real. That moment gave me a lot of peace and security.
That’s when I thought… I’ve gone by this place a hundred times and today, for the first time I really saw it!
How often does that happen to you? Thinking and contemplating I am finding out that most people’s problem is the unconscious way of living. We are so used to norms of behavior, lifestyle, how we are supposed to do particular things, how our life should pass and so on. We got ourselves in a cart- track, and we are all moving forward, without ever thinking if it is gonna take us on the right road… but we are still moving after all, right? Where is the problem…
They say that the most heartbreaking thing in a person’s life is what dies inside of us, while we are still alive! What kills us is the monotonous day, the lack of emotions, desire and inspiration. By following the norms of behavior, we become prisoners in our own life…
Give it a thought… day after day everything you do, becomes more and more automatic…you don’t even think much about your own actions.
We react spontaneously on the things that happen, without taking the time to rationally see the particular situation, rationalize it and then react in an adequate way… and then a couple minutes later we feel sorry for what we’ve done and we start sighing what was actually the better thing to do.
Because we allow ourselves to live unconsciously! We allow ourselves to act in a picked up way… after all that saves us the effort to think, and it somehow frees us from the responsibility to make decisions according to our own beliefs and insights… after all it is a lot easier to say “everybody does it this way”.
A lot of people don’t actually realize exactly what they are doing. They act just out of habit or because they’ve been taught that this is the “right way to do it”, this is what everybody expects them to do. We rarely ask ourselves some questions, why that particular thing is happening and what we could do about it.
We spend our lives, led by the maxim “everybody does it like that” and later on we wonder why life is so merciless and unfair. And is it really this way?
When a person makes the effort to live consciously, i.e. in the present moment, he/she opens his/her eyes and see the reality just the way it is. What causes us the most suffering are the illusions, we build… most of us live a life build on castles in the air and illusions… we impart fake qualities to people and situations…
Reality ain’t always beautiful, but at least it is real! And in order to change a situation, you should first be able to see it just the way it is! And only when you see the truth, you could keep moving forward!
As I said earlier I am trying to live more consciously… and how has my life changed?
To be conscious, means to be aware of your own role and significance in life! Yes! Because you might not be the only character in your life, but you are the main one! You are in charge of the direction where you are headed, you define the way you react to what happens in your life! You have the power of changing what is going on in your life or allow what is going on in your life, to change you!
To be conscious means to be responsible… strong and determined! It means to have the strength to take responsibility for your actions and the consequences! Because to act “like everybody else”, means to give up the responsibility to live your life, according to your own rules! It means to give up on the possibility to be happy and to live a life with dignity!
Do you live consciously? How has your life changed?
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