Aware And Awake

We tend to associate the energy of intent with complicated or profoundly meaningful actions that require our full attention and effort in order to succeed. For example, walking a tightrope, taking a test, and taking a vow are all tasks that call us to be fully present and single-minded. However, intent can also be applied to everyday events, like eating breakfast or going to work. In fact, everything we do benefits from the presence of intent, which has the power to transform seemingly mundane tasks into profound experiences. You only have to try it to find out.
Intent is one of the cornerstones of the Zen tradition of Buddhism in which monks work for years to develop the stillness and sharpness of mind to do only one thing at a time. Most of the time we are doing one thing and thinking of something else, or even doing three things at the same time, such as talking on the phone, doing dishes, and boiling water for tea. There is nothing inherently wrong with multitasking, which seems necessary at times, especially in the midst of family life. However, balancing this with a healthy dose of intentional activity can provide valuable insight into the benefits of doing one thing at a time, being fully present with whatever the task at hand happens to be.
From the moment we wake up, we can apply intent to our situation by simply saying to ourselves, "I am aware that I am now awake." We can use this simple tool throughout our day, saying, "I am aware that I am driving to work." "I am aware that I am making dinner." Or even, "I am aware that I am breathing."
As we acknowledge what we are doing in these moments, we come alive to our bodies and to the world, owning our actions instead of habitually performing them. We may realize how often we act without intention and how this disengages us from reality. Applying the energy of intent to even one task a day has the power to transform our lives.
Just imagine what would happen if we were able to apply that power to our entire day.
( Source: DailyOM )
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28 comments:

  1. I think you have described the difference between being conscious and being unconscious. Just this week I was noticing that one day, I was driving my car without awareness. Thank heavens I didn't have a wreck, but I was honked at twice, and I didn't even know the reason. The other drivers knew somehow that my focus was not on my driving.

    Today I shall perform each task with intent.

    Hugs,
    Betty

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  2. You are right Betty. Such incidents happen often in our lives.So we have to remind ourselves from time to time to be 'Aware and Awake'.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    God bless.

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  3. Absolutely. What a wonderful post. And a great reminder to BE INTENTION.
    I can find it so challenging to be present and intentful when I do mundane things like brushing my teeth or cleaning the house. I want to allow my mind to race to many other subjects, as the mundane seems beneath me.
    But my practice says to breathe and become aware...
    So simple and yet so challenging at times.
    Who needs a monastry? :-)
    Thank you my friend. Have a blessed week!

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  4. Great Point, and is very important to always remmember that we need to enjoy and be fully counscience that we are ALIVE and feel truly every thing we are doing and beeing that way People will end up doing uncounscious things or mean, because you think and feel more everything you do and say, if we are not aware of what we do and say we can do things or say things we did not really mean and that will become in guilt such a thing is not good for anybody, or the third persons affected for the actions or words coming out of our mouth, I know that what ever comes out of our mouth pollutes more our body and soul, than things that we get into our mouth, so this is very important,...
    This post is wonderfull we cannot belive anymore as living deaths, we are alive, and we have to take advantage of it, for the best for every"ONE".
    Grettings and again thank you for sharing your light :) Have a wonderfull Week!

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  5. Hello Harmony,
    Truthful words:
    ...'to breathe and become aware..
    So simple and yet so challenging at times...'
    Thanks for sharing your insights.I really value your particpation.
    God bless.

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  6. Yes Shine, you are right in saying:
    ...'if we are not aware of what we do and say we can do things or say things we did not really mean and that will become in guilt such a thing is not good for anybody..'
    Thanks for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  7. BEAUTIFUL post, Surjit!!! I'll remember this. It's true that more often than not, we're not aware of what we're doing. :-)))

    ENCORE!!!

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  8. Thanks Amel's Realm, for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  9. thanks Surjit for your comments in my blog.....your posts are very nice ....dont know how i ve missed.i am from kolkata if you are this side then please let me know.ik omkar satnaam......
    love and peace

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  10. Thanks Shree for your words of appreciation.Presently I am settled at Chandigarh.Though I stayed about 5 years at Kolkata(Alipore)I like the city and the people.
    God bless.

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  11. Respected Dear Surjitji,
    A wonderful, informative post :) I thank you for such a timely reminder! I too forget that i need to be aware of this Moment and not engage in useless energy consuming thoughts. I really look forward to all your posts surjitji, they offer so much of wisdom and solace :)Thank you so much for sharing.
    Your goodwishes and blessings mean a lot to me, thank you again.
    My Humble pranaam, love and prayers for a blessed soul :)

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  12. Many thanks my little girl Krishna Ji, for your good wishes.I vlaue your meaningful participation.You are really a blessed soul.God be with you always.
    My best wishes.

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  13. Wow! The only message that is needed to get enlightened: "Intentionally, Become Aware & Wake Up"!

    Let me practice now:
    I am aware that I am commenting on this "Aware & Awake" Post! I am aware that I am breathing! I am aware of the "beautiful" energy this post has created for all its readers!

    Thank You Surjitji!

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  14. Yes Amarendra,you are absolutely right in your views.
    Like wise, I am aware that a noble soul named Amarendra visited my humble blog and shared his insights.
    God bless.

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  15. Surjit,
    Oh my goodness it is so good to be here again.

    First you took a break and then I took a break.

    The break was very much needed. For I had become merely a robot and aware.

    Thanks to many dear friends with much wisdom. I am back and I am using every waking moment to be aware.

    God Bless you and your family Surjit,
    Jackie

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  16. Warm welcome back Shinade.I tried to reach out to your blog but I could not because it said it is open to only invited readers.
    I hope every thing is fine.
    My best wishes to you and your family.
    God bless.

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  17. Hi Surjit,
    I find that the more consciousness I have, the more I have to multitask.

    As long as I keep my mind on godliness, I can do each task with love.

    Good post.

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  18. Thanks Alexys Fairfield, for sharing your noble thoughts:
    ...'As long as I keep my mind on godliness, I can do each task with love..'
    God bless.

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  19. Dear Surjit, some wonders about intent and intention, although it is a good measure, yet there is a point of changing, and thus judgment is still on action done.

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  20. Dear Zubli Zainordin,
    Yes, whatever may be the intention, one must be aware of what he or she is doing.
    Thanks for sharing your insights.
    Gods bless.

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  21. Dear Surjit, first time I am seeing these Aware And Awake. I am learning. Can the process include Awake, Aware, And Awake. Because, how can we are aware when we are not awake (sleep that is), then, once we are aware, we can then awake, in the context of enlightenment. I shall think on this too...

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  22. Dear Zubli Zainordin,here awake means to be conscious ( of our acts/happenings in this Universe/The Creator/Life/Death etc..
    Thanks for sharing your noble views.
    God bless.

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  23. Dear Surjit, we share some commonness while I allow my self to be a bit different, perchance I can learn. Awake, is a state am not sleeping. This is important, because one can actually be sleeping while one is awake. Thus, Awaken the Giant within, as suggested by individuals like W Clement Stone and Anthony Robbins. Aware is a state of sensing within and the outer surroundings. I define Consciousness as a state of remembrance. While realization is a knowing of what are real and reality. So, I am still thinking, 01 Aware and Awake, or 02 Awake and Aware, or 03 Awake, Aware, and Awake. Emmm, interesting...

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  24. Dear Zubli Zainordin,
    You are perfectly right in your views:
    '..Aware is a state of sensing within and the outer surroundings....'
    I think you have arrived.
    Thanks for adding your insights to my post making it more meaningful.
    God bless.

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  25. Dear Surjit, no wonder I am feeling a tingling sensation in my brain, I have moved from struggling, thriving, to arriving. What a special delight to be meeting you at a point on this path in my sacred journey. Well, hand-in-hand, let's go home, soon the time is.

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  26. Dear Zubli Zainordin,
    Yes, I am ready:
    '..hand-in-hand, let's go home, soon the time is...'
    You are a noble soul and an inspiration to many.
    God bless.

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  27. "Just imagine what would happen if we were able to apply that power to our entire day."

    We'd end up waaay out in left field with Unity Awareness in our heads, making it a challenge to communicate with most of the rest of our World. That's what happens, (rolling my eyes)...and I share that based upon experience.

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  28. Welcom Sueannedwards, on my blog and sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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