Mirror mirror on the wall

A few weeks ago I had lunch at a café I’d never visited before. Before leaving I stopped by the restroom and got totally perplex, but couldn’t really figure it out… until I washed my hands. Because what I saw then was NOT myself, which is what I’ve gotten used to seeing. Why? Well, simply because there’s always a mirror above the sink in a bathroom. But not here, here I just saw red checkered wallpaper.

mirrorIt’s an insignificant observation, because I had absolutely no problem washing my hands without having a mirror to stare at. (Otherwise I’d be getting really worried about myself!). But it made me realize something which I believe to be quite significant:

When something is so common to us it is just automatic, we stop noticing it.
Not until it disappears, do we notice the void. 

Which means that I go through a lot of life running in automatic mode. And that might absolutely have its merit, but sometimes I think it can turn quite dangerous to my ability to truly live life.

With each passing day, I experience a much greater awareness to the experience of life. An ever-growing consciousness that makes me see, feel, hear, smell, touch, taste and sense more of life.

That way to experience life is there for us all. All the time. Every day. Constantly available. The only requirement to this ordinary everyday miracle is being conscious to what goes on within and beyond you. Are you?

Listen for the unknown #6

Hope you heard something new to you in #5. Otherwise, here’s your final chance, with the sixth and final of these podcast recommendations.

I’m leaving off with one of my absolute favorite RSA Event pods that I’ve listened to a multitude of times. Scilla Elworthy was unknown to me first time I stumbled upon this talk, but she’s been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Price so obviously she’s made her mark in the world. Listen to her making a case for Pioneering the possible.

pioneering the possible

What did you hear that you’ve never heard before?

Listen for the unknown #5

Turns out I’ll stick to three podcasts – RSA Events, On being, and The One You Feed. There are so many podcasts that I like. Hence, I’ve just decided to run a Sunday series all throughout 2015 with podcast recommendations!

But it’s still 2014, and yesterday in #4 we left off with an episode from On Being. Today, it’s time for yet another one from The One You Feed, an episode with Emilia Zhivotovskaya.

abundance

What do you hear that you’ve never heard before?

Listen for the unknown #4

Why not stay where we left of with #3 yesterday with On being? Here’s another podcast from the same show, or actually, it’s old enough to be from Speaking of faith, which is what On being was called before. It’s been a few years since I first heard this specific podcast, and it’s remained with me since then. I just relistened to it and it’s as rich and rewarding today, as it was first time I listened to it. I remembered it to be called Being autistic, being human, but it turns out the episode is called Autism and humanity.

prepared to lose

What do you hear that you’ve never heard before?

Listen for the unknown #3

Curious if you, like me, heard anything that stopped you dead in your tracks when you listened to the podcast from The One You Feed in #2?

Today, on to another of my absolute favorite podcasts, that I just realised I haven’t listened to all year. Most definitely want to change that for 2015, because On Being with Krista Tippitt holds loads of unknowns for me. Here’s lots to listen for, that I’ve never heard before, and Kristas style of being in conversation during her interviews is right up my alley.

Here’s an episode called Inner life at work, with guest Tami Simon.

unknown

What do you hear that you’ve never heard before?

Listen for the unknown #2

I hope you enjoyed listening to the podcast from RSA Event called Life, Death, Self and Soul that I recommended in #1. This time, I’m hoping you will hear something new in an episode of The One You Feed featuring Andrew Solomon. I listened to it while taking a lovely winter walk with Trassel the dog, and I actually stopped dead in my tracks at one time (around ten minutes from the end).

suddenlyWhat do you hear that you’ve never heard before?