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Last week I did a presentation on Present Moment Awareness. As you all know it is one of my favorite topics because I think it is one of the major keys to Living Happier. I absolutely love speaking and it is even more enjoyable when there is a lot of audience participation, which there was at this event. One of the ladies asked me “if having awareness is so good for us, why don’t more people do it?” what a great question. My gut response was (and what I said) “because it is hard”. It is hard to strive for awareness and it is hard to have awareness, to take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and needs. In many ways, it is easier to walk through life as a victim, blaming other people or blaming ourselves, and taking the path of least resistance. Sometimes it is easier to just live-stuck on the treadmill, stuck in the patterns, yes they might have uncomfortable circumstances but at least they are comfortable.
A client recently said to me–Awareness means I can have a more full life but it also means I can’t take the path of least resistance anymore! As with the idea of embracing both–awareness allows us to live bright vibrant lives, and prevents us from floating along. As with exercise, it is exhausting, energizing, empowering, and challenging and a DEFINITE key to Living Happier.