Most of our lives we live without really paying attention to whatever we are doing in that moment.
When we are doing something, we are not thinking about what we are doing, we are thinking about what we are going to do next or what we did in the past. the problem here is that we are not aware of this lack of attention, because we have lived without it most of our lives.
Most of the times we are looking at a movie inside of our minds, the movie of our thoughts and the images that brain uses to understand those thoughts, and like when we are watching at a movie, what happens outside is what we care less and pay less attention, when we are watching a movie, there are so many things around us, but we are not aware of them, because we are only aware of the movie inside of us.
Like that, we are not aware of what we are doing, because we are only paying attention to our thoughts.
For example, next time you are doing something that is not ” important”, like going upstairs, opening a door, or driving on your way back home, try to think about what you are doing in that moment, and try not to think about anything else, but the movement of your legs and your body going upstairs or your hands on the driving wheel, try to feel your breath as well. Forget about why you are going upstairs or where you want to go upstairs, or where you are going, or what happened before, because if you think about it then you loose the awareness of the moment.
You can also do this when you are walking or when you are cooking or doing a task that does not seem “important” at the moment, but that you have to do, those are the moments when we easily loose the awareness of the moment.
When you be aware of those “not important” moments, then you can try to be aware of others, like being aware of what you are doing when you are playing with your kids, or when you are at work or listening to music.
Every time you are not aware of the moment, you are denying life itself………