The question of how to be more conscious of what our thoughts are, what they are doing, and what they want us to do is always on the table.
The main reason we tend to keep ourselves on autopilot is to ensure that we don’t have to do repetitive tasks. We don’t need to be self-aware to be able to be more conscious. We can’t do it if we don’t have to. We can do it as a little girl, or a little boy, or a little girl. It all depends on how we feel about it.
I think the main reason we can’t be more conscious is because we don’t want to be. We don’t want to feel like we have to make a conscious choice every time we do something. I think this is what people get caught up in in the ‘mindfulness movement’. We do want to have a clear mind, but we also don’t want to be distracted by it.
The problem with the mindfulness movement is that it is an escape from the conscious side of being. So the more mindful you are, the more you feel like you cant be, but that you cant escape the conscious. Many people are trying to “drown” out the conscious by having “mindfulness retreats” and so on. But the problem is that the “drowning” part is not what you are trying to escape from. It is your conscious.
For those of us who are naturally more or less still, there is a natural resistance to going into the conscious in any deep way. The best we can do is to try to be conscious, but not too conscious. The more you try to be consciously, the more the resistance will grow, and the more you will feel like you cant be, but you cant escape the conscious.
I have tried to do this a few times myself, but it never really works. But now I am going to try and explain why. First, the point of my talk about the “conscious” is that we tend to think of it as a separate mode from the rest of us, as if it was something that was invented by the neuroscientists to explain the brain’s functioning.
Consciousness is the state of being that is aware of something. We are aware of our thoughts, our feelings, and our experience. When we are awake, we are aware of our thoughts, feelings, and experience. When we are asleep, we are aware of nothing.
One of the reasons I like to think of consciousness as part of another mode of conscious behavior is that it can seem like it is in some sense a “mere activity” in the brain, but it is not. It is a state of consciousness that is active and focused as a result of an active brain. It is an activity that takes place in response to some external stimuli (such as the sound of an airplane, a car, or perhaps a boat). It is not conscious.
To be clear, I’m not saying that consciousness is a state of being as if we were watching TV. The notion that we are engaged in a process that is active and focused is the belief that we experience something from the inside. It is an active and focused state of being that we experience.
This is a quote from a book called the Brain – The Developing Mind by the philosopher and philosopher-psychologist, Roger Sperry. He explains that the brain is a sort of “thinking machine” that is capable of generating mental representations of objects (a “world”) and generating mental representations of one’s own body (a “body”).