This entire week felt different. This was the week of Thanksgiving and I went back to Chicago to visit my family and spend time with them on this break.
I was able to spend the entire week with them and as I took the knowledge of the teachings through MKE, I noticed that there was a much calmer me and I was more at peace. I didn’t do a great job of keeping my thoughts out of discussions enitirely, but I was much less inclined to put in my two cents when speaking with others.
I almost found it as a bit of an awakening as I realized myself almost fully aware of what was going on, and found myself being a lot more in the moment throughout the week when conversing with my family. It truly was an amazing experience and something I can honestly say I never felt before.
It definitely seems the more aware I become and the more I understand that I have the control to react the way I want to react, think the way I want to think, the more present I become in moments throughout the day.
I would also say that the biggest realization was how easy it was to hold my thoughts and opinions back because I now understand WHY other people do the things that they do, think the way they think and act the way they act. It has really opened my eyes to a whole new world.
I can only imagine what type of perspective I would have when I fully apply myself and commit to engrossing myself with these practices.