What if the world that we live in is all made up? I once read that the world as we know it is only a construction of our limits, priorities and ideas of what we believe is true.
For instance, when you walk down the street you are surrounded by images of trees and houses, people, noises, smells and feelings. But not only that. You are also influenced by energies like electricity, radiation, light, radio signals and other signals we don't even know of. Even more, your own bodily sensations, emotions, memories, senses, illnesses, health issues and what have you.
In order for your brain not to explode it categorizes all these impressions and sorts it into piles of making sense. It decides what is what, and why, according to previous experiences and preferences - even what makes it easiest for you to handle. Whatever it/you can not handle your brain then blocks.
Let's say, for instance, that you're outdoors and a fire truck comes along. Instead of listening to the fire engine's noise you immediately expect the fire engine to look and sound in a certain way, as soon as you see it.
Or when you se a person, house, animal, anything really, you have preconceived ideas of how they will act. You simply notice them, sort them in your head and don't even pay attention.
This is all well, it is hard to see, hear and smell all things in our wonderful world as if we saw them for the first time. All the time.
But in another sense we miss out on some wonderful new experiences.
Children are wonderful at living now and enjoying the present for the first time. But as we grow older we become experts on categorizing, prejudging, distorting, rutinizing and censorizing all that we see.
We really start living in a fake world!
Ok, hon, don't be sad. Living in a fake world is not so bad. It makes us stay sane. So why am I bringing this up? What should we do about this?
I believe step one is awareness, be aware of this thought or idea of the world, so that you can stop and experience things when you really want to.
Then, pay attention. And practice. Practice on something easy first, like one of your daily routines like brushing your teeth. Lift your toothbrush, put on toothpaste, look at the toothbrush, put it in your mouth, taste the toothpaste, and so on.
That's it. Because it's in the attention that we can see new things. If you like to break this habituation, you need to practice on something easy first.
And if we like, we can then change.
Have a good day, I'm off to brush my teeth conciously! :)