The Mindfulness Breakthrough
One of the greatest challenges to all of us in our daily decision making is to not be overwhelmed by the vast array of diversions available to us in our unstructured time. I remember reading years ago that one edition of the Wall Street Journal contained more information than the average person living in the 16th century was exposed to in a life time. Now information is pouring in at a blinding pace not only from monitors and television sets but from hand held devices. Whether they be cell phone, lap top, or I-pad there is the ability to have streaming information added to any environment. The challenge is that the diversions often are so compelling that it is easy to lose our bearings with no conscious internal guidelines.
How do we do we keep from doing this?
After reading he book, The Longevity Project,” Katherine Bouton of the New York Times says, “ I took an unscientific survey of friends and relatives asking them what personality characteristic they thought was most associated with long life. Several said, ‘optimism, followed by ‘equanimity,’ ‘happiness,’ ‘a good marriage,’ the ability to handle stress.’ One offered jokingly, ‘good table manners.’ It seems that the latter was closest to the correct answer which was conscientiousness-being prudent persistent and well-organized, perhaps a bit obsessive and not all carefree. If this is the real key how do we apply that:
In short, we are talking about being present, paying attention and being mindful or aware of the fact that we are being this way. I like to think that we are witness to this state.
Being conscientiousness for our daily duties we can all agree is the optimum state, but it is the way we spend our unstructured time that is the challenge.
Dr. Paul Wong believes that intuition is the best kept secret for survival and success. So how do we use our intuition?
I feel that the keys are to (1) Set the intention in yourself that you be guided, (2) Use your intuition to guide what you give your attention to in your unstructured time, and (3) witness consciously where this takes you. Did you find something useful to take you to a next step? Was there a useful comment, quote, visual, etc? Was there a synchronicity that developed? Did you act on it?
For example, I write a post three times a week. I never know quite what I am going to talk about but have a continuous intent to write something timely and useful. I stay open to the fact that I am asking to be given the next subjects and where to turn for more information. Today it was a phone call suggesting the topic of “breakthrough.” From there I stumbled across the internet review on “Longevity” and Paul Wong’s’ insightful summary of intuition. This short post is what ensued.
In this way you are consciously and conscientiously making your intuition your guide as to what diversions you move towards, and in this manner you can bring conscientiousness, the key to a long life in these rapidly changing times, into all that you do.
I would love to hear your comments on this.
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