Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mindful Vigilance

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness”.
-James Thurber
When I read this quote I could not help but think of the recent tragic events in Orlando.  It is difficult not to be angry about such violence and lack of regard for innocent human life.  At the same time we cannot go forward living our lives in fear.  I am not a person who lives in fear but I have become a person who lives more cautiously.  Some of that is due to becoming older and some of it is due to the changing and often violent world that we all live in.  Normally I speak of mindfulness as a way to live with greater awareness of what is around us so as to have a greater appreciation of all there is in life.  Mindfulness can also be a way that we become more aware of our surroundings.  In our rushed and busy lives many of us live with blinders on as we go about our day.  We are focused on the next task or the next destination and we are often blind to what is going on around us in the moment.  Living in an awakened state, mindful of what is going on around us, can be a way to not only live in the moment but also to live our life in a safer and more vigilant way.

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