All this Life

by Agnieszka 14. July 2011 03:39

There is a scene in the movie (Source Code), that I’ve watched recently. Jake, the main character becomes fully aware of the fragility of everyone’s life ...yet he understands that moments can be as powerful and meaningful as years of existence. He points to a group of people and exclaims “Look at All this life!!” … He feels at this moment, not only connected to everyone but amazed by a miracle of life itself… full of variety, beaming with energy. People talking,  laughing, thinking, reading, falling in love, connecting… within this moment in time and space.

We are born with the ability to learn new things, to remember our experiences or adjust to sudden changes…   all of these characteristics are very useful to our survival and growth. Our brains have the ability to perceive the repetitive action or unchanged environment as a well known and controlled data.  In other words...we get used to the same information, which doesn’t need to be studied anymore and we are cruising on automatic pilot. …. Generally, it was not a bad idea from evolutional point of view to free our brain from unnecessary focus on predictable “program” and have it open for new learning opportunities.  Unfortunately, many of us will end up spending the whole life on the auto pilot, becoming desensitized; taking the simple beauty and magic of life for granted.

Sometime we get lucky …in most “unlucky” situations…We are faced with health issues or simply  scared of  losing someone close to us…All of sudden we realize, our eyes have been closed for some  time and we stopped  seeing the wonder and miracle of life itself.  One of the unforeseen and unpredictable elements awakens us from a sleepwalking, forcing to see, hear, feel and realize that we are just   the temporary visitors here. The choice belongs to us, how we chose to spend our visiting time…but anyone who ever went on any vacations knows…spending all the time in one place  …with closed eyes  doesn’t make up for a perfect vacation…

Maybe we don’t even have to experience the dramatic events to stop our automatic pilot of living… We can learn from each other…choosing to step out of predictable script and wake up to the world of rich moments, filled with abundant life.  Taking a time for yourself from routine, being spontaneous, looking at someone and actually “seeing” them  , focusing on something small and discovering its intricate work and beauty, experiencing world in moment by moment basis as if seen , for the very first or last time…  

 First step could feel strange   …we may be even  lost without well known, predictable way of  perceiving the world …but once we understand, that we only  sell ourselves short with that “automatic vision”, we will feel  free and much happier to be  fully open to experiencing  each moment as a fragile treasure and one day hearing  our own voice exclaiming “Look at all this life”.



The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."








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