There is no doubt that we live in a world full of technology. There is also no doubt that this technology has vastly improved the lives of humankind, allowing us to accomplish more tasks in a smaller amount of time. But one of the negative side effects to technology is that many of us are losing the ability to connect on a personal level, not only with others, but with ourselves too. This is especially true with many of the Gen Xers who have grown up dependent on this technology.
The title of this post is Are You “Conscious”? and there is a reason “conscious” is in quotations. The word has a connotation associated with being awake, and while yes all of us living are obviously awake in the literal sense of the word, are we truly “awake”? Merriam Webster defines conscious as the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself. This dictates a deeper meaning to the word. We are all awake physically, but are we awake mentally? Spiritually? Are we conscious of our own inner fears keeping us from accomplishing our goals?
My challenge to all of you is to take 5-10 minutes a day to introspect or reflect on oneself. Turn off the television, laptop, cell phone, etc. and take a breather from all of this technology surrounding us. Think about your day. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to? If not, what were the reasons for that? Are those reasons external or internal to yourself? If they are external, think critically if they really were external factors. If they are internal, what can you do to improve your being so that you can feel accomplished each and every day? Taking 5-10 minutes a day to get away from technology and truly reflecting on the day will help you become truly “conscious” and allow you to grow personally, professionally, and almost any other way you desire. Introspection is a powerful tool when used correctly.