A kid, a 16-year-old student, pulled a handgun from his backpack at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA,. The suspect was a student at the school, Saugus High School, and that day was his birthday! According to statistics, this is the 38th shooting so far this year. Another student says he ‘grew up knowing this is a thing that happens.’
This is the reality and why it is important to have awareness as a part of being humane.
Awareness has been described as a higher level of living, according to Eastern philosophical thought. We find it when we can take the time to sit quietly and meditate. We can get it through a detachment from the source of whatever is irritating us. That’s when we are able to enter our balanced center. Going from pain to peace.
James Allen, a philosopher and author of As A Man Thinkith, says, “if you allow truth to be the object of your meditation, (you’ll find) there is nothing dreamy about it. (The experience) allows nothing to remain but the simple and naked truth.”
The awareness I will describe is different from spiritual meditation.
My approach is almost always practical, to be used in your go-go-go daily life. It is easy-to-do and creates a greater sense of self . This kind of awareness keeps you safe and on top of your game in a pro-active way. It’s being aware of your surrounding and situation within 50 feet of your body and in a complete circle from where you physically stand or sit. Then, simply notice what’s there.
No fuss, just make a note of what you see there, in your brain . Don’t spend an ounce of energy thinking good or bad. Don’t make any judgement at all. With no worry and no judgement your energy is free to move around, float around to use however you wish.
Your subconscious is a sponge. When you take-in information this way, you do not forget it. No effort is needed to remember. Trust that your mind has a memory of it and the memory will be there. Safety is a basic right, a base right according to Maslow.
In a crisis the last thing you want to do is be forced to make an on-the-spot decision. As you become aware of your surroundings your mind will expand. As you’re paying attention to your environment in this methodical way, and the time comes to decide what to do, you will be able to make the right decision for yourself. And you will be able to do it faster than ever before.