Getting out of my head

I have been listening to this guided meditation by Adyashanti (link) in the morning. One of things he encourages is to listen to the sound of the birds and what is going outside. And then when someone asked my friend how she stays present, she said she simply notices what is going on around her. The breeze, the sunshine, the birds (hmm... birds again). She said it is easy to stay present outside.

So lately I have been doing this. When I walk to lunch, I feel the breeze and the sunshine. I look around and drink things in. And it is very enjoyable.

But it has made me think that I have not been doing this much- at least lately. When I walk around outside, I am usually thinking about something. Half the time, I don't even notice what is going on outside. I never really make it out of my head.

Then I started wondering, how much of my life do I spend in my head thinking about things? And when I'm in my head, am I not really living more of a conceptual life? In other words, experiencing my thoughts about life rather than life itself.

And I am choosing this contrived representation of life over the real thing- that is literally happening right in front of me.

So now I listen to the birds.


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